Dr Roberta Garrett
Selection of publications
In preparation, Writing the modern family - neoliberalism and representation of parenting in contemporary novels and memos, Roberta Garrett.
In preparation (with Angie Voela and Tracey Jensen) We Need to Talk About Family: Essays on Neoliberalism, The Family and Popular Culture (edited collection) Cambridge Scholars, December 2015
Postmodern Chick-Flicks: The Return of the Woman's Film, Palgrave, 2007.
(We Need to Talk About) Kevin as feminist and Anti-American Allegory in Women’s Writing Post 9/11 (eds) Sebastian Groes, Claire Colbrook and Peter Childs (Lexington Press, (2014)
Novels and Children: Mum’s Lit and the Public Mother/Author, MAMSIE: studies in the Maternal, Volume 5, Issue 1, 2013.
‘Female Fantasy and Post-Feminist Politics and Nora Ephron’s Screenplays’ in ‘The Journal of Screenwriting’ Vol 3 number 2, February, 2012) Intellect Journals
Periodical and newspaper articles
Hutchinson Encyclopedia of Britain feature entry on 'The British Film Industry' (Helicon, 1999)
Hutchinson Encyclopedia feature entry 'What is the Future of Special Effects in Films?' (Helicon, 2000)
The Myth of the Mumpreneur, Austerity, Gender and Domestic Finances, Kent University, June 2015
Tiger Mothers, ‘Chinese’ parenting and neo-liberal parenting culture, PCA/ACA Chicago, April, 2014
‘I was only being honest’, maternal confessionals and the neo-liberal mother, University of East London , research and Knowledge conference, June 2013
‘Book Groups and The Contemporary Novel: Do Bookgroups Make a Positive Contribution to Literary Culture?’ The East London Literary Festival, Oct 2011
I Blame the Parents; Maternal Ambivalence and Infant Determinism in Lionel Shriver’s We Need To Talk About Kevin’,
Critical Perspectives: Contemporary Women Novelists, Roehampton University, April 2011 (I also gave this paper at the Affecting Feminism Conference, Newcastle University December 2010)
The Post 9/11 Chick-Flick?:Loss and Maternal Recuperation in Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously,
The Depoliticisation of 9/11, Newcastle University, November, 2010 Chick-Flicks and 9/11, CSA Milwaukee, 2010.
‘Myth, Gender and Metaphysics in Contemporary Eco-Fiction’, CSA New York, 2008
'Ideology and Media Representations of Family and Parenting in Contemporary British Culture (with Dr Michael Peplar) Univesidade Lusofona, Lisbon, November 2006
Fiftiesness Revisited, Postmodernism, gender and cinema, PCL conference, Altlanta, April, 2006.
'Romantic-Irony and the Reinvention of the Single Girl,' Association of Cultural Studies Inaugural Conference, July 2003, Pittsburgh
Interviewed for and appeared on Channel Four's Dark Tales (on Angela Carter, women writers) Hart-Ryan productions, January, 1999
• Writing the Modern Family: Contemporary Literature, Motherhood and Neoliberal
• We Need to Talk About Family: Essays on Neoliberalism, The Family and Popular Culture.
Jensen, T. and Voela, A. (co eds) (2016)
• Postmodern Chick-Flicks: The Return of The Woman’s Film (2007)
• Smoke and Mirrors: Dan Mallory, A. J. Finn and The Woman in the Window as postfeminist
noir pastiche, Clues (special issue on domestic crime fiction) 2021
• ‘Home is Where the Hate is: Gender, Race, Class and the Domestic Abuse Plotline in
Fiction and on Screen’ Feminist Media Studies (forthcoming, 2021)
• ‘Fathers Know Best: Mother’s Milk, ‘Dads’ Lit and the Childcare Wars of the Mid 2000s.’
The Journal of Mother Studies, Issue 1, September 2016
• ‘Novels and Children: Mum’s Lit and the Public Mother/Author’, MAMSIE: studies in the
Maternal, Vol. 5, Issue 1, 2013
• ‘Female Fantasy and Post-Feminist Politics and Nora Ephron’s Screenplays’ in ‘The
Journal of Screenwriting’, Vol. 3, number 2, February 2012, Intellect Journals
• ‘Austerity Culture and the Myth of the Mumpreneur’ in Thriving Mothers/Depriving
Mothers: Mothers and Welfare, eds. K. Levasseur, S. Patterson and L. Turnbull, Demeter
Press, March 2019
• ‘A Sly and Stubborn People’: Game of Thrones, Orientalism and Islamophobia in A Song
of Ice and Fire’, in Contesting Islamophobia: Anti-Muslim Prejudice in Media, Culture and
Politics, eds. P. Morey, A. Yaquin and A. Forte, IB Taurus, February 2018
• ‘Gendering the Post 9/11 Movie: Love, Loss and Regeneration in Julie and Julia’, Women
and Genre, eds. M. Harrod and K. Paszkiewicz, Routledge, December 2017
• ‘A Terrible Deal for the Western Parent’: Maternal Memoirs, Mother-Shaming and
Neoliberal Parenthood’, in Fragile Subjects: Child Figures in Western Modernity,
Routledge, eds. K. Launis and J. Ahlbeck, Routledge, October 2017
• ‘Cavorting in the Ruins? Truth, Myth and Resistance in Contemporary ‘Mumoirs’, We
Need to Talk About Family: Essays on Neoliberalism, The Family and Popular Culture,
eds. R. Garrett, T. Jensen and A. Voela, Cambridge Scholars, September 2016.
• ‘(We Need to Talk About ) Kevin as feminist and Anti-American Allegory)’ in Women’s
Writing Post 9/11 eds. S. Groes, C. Colbrook and P. Childs, Lexington Press, 2014.
• ‘Costume Drama and Counter-Memory in Sally Potter’s ‘Orlando’ in Postmodern
Subjects/Postmodern Texts eds. J. Dowson and S. Earnshaw, Rodopi, 2000.
• ‘Gender, Sex and The Family’ in M. Storry and P. Childs (eds.) British Cultural Identities,
• ‘So Lucky’ https://thecasket.co.uk (short story) 2020
• Interview with Julie Ruiz for SoFilm: https://medium.com/@julieruiz/on-a-touteslimpression-
• ‘Alias Grace: A Period Drama for the #metoo Movement’, The Independent 13th
• The Conversation, 5th December 2017.
• Hutchinson Encyclopaedia of Britain feature entry on ‘The British Film Industry’, Helicon
• Hutchinson Encyclopaedia feature entry ‘What is the Future of Special Effects in Films?’
Helicon, September, 2002.
Recent Conference Papers
‘another fucking saint’: A. J. Finn and the cult of the childcare expert’ Girls, Girls, Girls,
Trinity College Dublin, August 2019
• Greenwich Literary Festival, reading ‘So Lucky’ June 2019
Panel discussion of Rahm (a version of Shakespeare’s Measure to Measure set in Lahore) at
SOAS with director Mahmood Jamal (writer and producer) and Ahmed Jamal (director)
• 28th September 2018, I was invited to speak at a one day symposium at
Warwick University as part of a British Academy funded project: 'Imagining
We in the Age of I' (papers now available on line
• ‘Mother Studies in the Academy’, Keynote speaker, Oxytocin: Birthing the World, The
Royal College of Art, 3rd June, 2017.
• ‘This Won't Affect My Reference will it?' Attachment Parenting, Mothers and 'Others' in
Edward St. Aubyn's Mother's Milk’, Annual Conference of The Museum of Motherhood,
New York City, May 2016.
• ‘All the Pleasure of Normal Family Life has been Replaced by Dull-eyed Damage Control’:
Intensive/Attachment Mothering Versus the Teen Rebel in Julie Myerson’s The Lost
Child, University of Turku, Finland, August 2015
• ‘The Myth of the Mumpreneur: Austerity, Gender and Domestic Finances’, Kent
University, June 2015
• ‘Tiger Mothers, ‘Chinese’ Parenting and Neoliberal Parenting Culture’, PCA/ACA Chicago,
• ‘I Was Only Being Honest’, Maternal Confessionals and the Neoliberal Mother,
University of East London, Research and Knowledge conference, June 2013
• I organised a one day conference on The Family in Crisis? Neoliberalism and the
Politicisation of Parenting and the Family 2013
• ‘Book Groups and The Contemporary Novel: Do Bookgroups Make a Positive
Contribution to Literary Culture?’ The East London Literary Festival, October 2011
• ‘I Blame the Parents; Maternal Ambivalence and Infant Determinism in Lionel Shriver’s
We Need To Talk About Kevin’, Critical Perspectives: Contemporary Women Novelists,
Roehampton University, April 2011. (I also gave this paper at the Affecting Feminism
Conference, Newcastle University, December 2010)
• ‘The Post 9/11 Chick-Flick?: Loss and Maternal Recuperation in Julie and Julia: My Year
of Cooking Dangerously’, The Depolitisation of 9/11, Newcastle University, November
• ‘Myth, Gender and Metaphysics in Contemporary Eco-Fiction’, CSA New York, 2008
• Consultant/appeared on Channel Four’s Dark Tales (on Angela Carter/women writers)
Hart-Ryan productions, January 1999.
Key publications pre 2001: Costume Drama and Counter-Memory in Sally Potters Orlando in Postmodern Subjects/ Postmodern Texts Jane Dowson and Steve Earnshaw (eds) Rodophi, 1995.
Gender, Sex and The Family in Mike Storrey and Peter Childs (eds) British Cultural Studies Routledge, 1997
Modernist and Postmodernist Literature
Contemporary Writing on the Family
Modernity, Literature and Culture
Creative Writing Foundation
PhD students, Alison Baker, class and gender in post-1970s children’s fiction, Alison Baker, Muslim writers, religion and cross-cultural romance, Adrian Banting (UEL)
Awarded a research intern to assist in research into Cultural Representations of the Family in Literature and in planning and organising a one day symposium on ‘The Family in Crisis? : representation of the neo-liberal family (2013)
Memberships of Professional Bodies
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy