Dr Jenny Barrett

Reader in Film Studies and Popular Culture

Jenny Barrett

Department of Media
Creative Edge Building
01695 584093



Jenny Barrett is a Reader in Film Studies and Popular Culture, who joined Edge Hill University in 2003. She led the Film Studies programme from 2007 to 2017 and teaches on a range of modules from basic film analysis and contextual study to more advanced modules on topics such as film genre, historical film and gender. Jenny gained her PhD on Hollywood’s representations of the American Civil War at Roehampton University. From 2014-15 she led a research network, marking the centenary of the 1915 film, The Birth of a Nation, with a series of events and symposia at various venues in London and the North West. Her other interests include slavery and film, racial representation and performance and the ghost story on screen. Over 2017-18 she was part of the steering group for the collaborative events marking the 300th Anniversary of The Bluecoat in Liverpool. Jenny is also experienced in curriculum design, quality assurance, quality enhancement and programme validation. She is also a fiction writer.

Current Research

The war genre
Representations of armed combat
American Civil War films
The Birth of a Nation (D.W. Griffith, 1915)
Representations of dominant and dangerous women in popular culture
Gender and sexuality in popular culture
Ghost narratives
The Woman in Black, both literary and visual formats



Barrett, J., Scott, I. and Field D. (eds) (edited collection) Art, Culture and Ethics in Black and White: Over 100 Years of D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation (forthcoming 2019)

Barrett, J. (2009) Shooting the Civil War: Cinema, History and American National Identity, London: I.B. Tauris

Chapters in Books

Barrett, J., ‘Go See it Because it Will Make a Better American of You: To Ban or Not To Ban The Birth of a Nation in the Twenty-First Century,’ in Barrett, J., Scott, I. and Field, D. (eds.) Art, Culture and Ethics in Black and White: Over 100 Years of D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation (forthcoming 2019)

Barrett, J., ‘Should it Not Therefore Be Banned? Screening, Broadcasting and Studying The Birth of a Nation in the UK,’ in McEwan, Paul and Melvyn Stokes (eds.) In the Shadow of The Birth of a Nation: Race, Reception, Remix, New York and Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 20pp. (forthcoming 2019)

Barrett J., ‘Stranger and Friend: Non-American Westerns and the Immigrant in the Twenty-First Century,’ in Broughton, L. (ed.) Reframing Cult Westerns: From ‘The Magnificent Seven’ to ‘The Hateful Eight’, London: Bloomsbury Academic, 16pp. (forthcoming 2019)

Barrett, J., ‘A Cop in a Cowboy Hat: Timothy Olyphant, a Postmodern Eastwood in Justified,’ in Broughton, L. (ed) Critical Perspectives on the Western: From a Fistful of Dollars to Django Unchained. (London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016)

Barrett, Jenny, ‘“Let’s Do Something You Won’t Enjoy”: Dominatrix Porn, Performance and Subjectivity’, in Peep Shows: Cult Film and the Cine Erotic, ed. by Xavier Mendik (New York: Columbia University Press, 2012)

Barrett, Jenny, ‘Glory, Glory: Hollywood’s Consensus Memory of the American Civil War’, in Reconfiguring the Union: Civil War Transformations, ed. By Iwan W. Morgan and Philip John Davies (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)

Journal Articles

Barrett, J., ‘(Not) John Wayne and (Not) the American West in Jauja: Lisandro Alonso’s Slow Western,’ to be submitted to Transnational Cinemas Journal in 2019 (in progress)

Barrett, J., ‘The Man-Child and the Monster We All Created: The Woman in Black on TV,’ submitted to Critical Studies in Television, 23pp. (submitted to journal)

Barrett, J. (2015) ‘Interpreting The Birth of a Nation,’ in Teaching History, Issue 160, September, pp.50-51.

Barrett, J. (2013) ‘More Than Just a Game: Breaking the Rules in The Bunny Game,’ Cine-Excess E-Journal, Launch Issue. http://www.cine-excess.co.uk/more-than-just-a-game.html(ISSN 2053-0706)

Barrett, J. (May 2011) ‘Bucking the Trend: Poitier at the Frontier’, in European Journal of American Culture, Vol. 30, No. 1, pp5 – 18

Barrett, J. (2008) ‘Another Masquerade? The Temporary Dominatrix and the Erotic,’ http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/ci/erotic/er4/barrett%20paper.pdfonline article.

Barrett, J. (2007) ‘You’ve Made Mistress Very, Very Angry: Displeasure and Pleasure in Media Representations of BDSM,’ Participations, Vol. 4, No. 1, online article (ISSN:1749-8716).

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