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Dr Roberta Garrett

Senior Lecturer

  • EB 2.21, Docklands Campus
    School of Arts and Digital Industries (ADI)
    University of East London
    Docklands Campus
    E16 2RD
  • +442082232755


    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)

    Conference papers

    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

    Media/art outputs

    Interviewed for and appeared on Channel Four's Dark Tales (on Angela Carter, women writers) Hart-Ryan productions, January, 1999


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    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
    Popular Cinema
    Contemporary Literature
    Literary theory
    Contemporary Writing on the Family



    Origins of the Novel
    Modernity, Literature and Culture
    Postmodern Writing
    English Literature

    PhD Supervision
    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