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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
    London
    E16 2RD
  • R.Garrett@uel.ac.uk +442082232755


    Overview




    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


    Collaborators

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    Research

    Books

    • Writing the Modern Family: Contemporary Literature, Motherhood and Neoliberal
    Culture (2020)
    • 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)

    Journal Articles

    • 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

    Book Chapters

    • ‘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,
    Routledge, 1999.

    Other Publications

    • ‘So Lucky’ https://thecasket.co.uk (short story) 2020
    • Interview with Julie Ruiz for SoFilm: https://medium.com/@julieruiz/on-a-touteslimpression-
    d-être-bridget-jones-45fe1c238dcb
    • ‘Alias Grace: A Period Drama for the #metoo Movement’, The Independent 13th
    December,
    • The Conversation, 5th December 2017.
    • Hutchinson Encyclopaedia of Britain feature entry on ‘The British Film Industry’, Helicon
    2004.
    • 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)
    October 2018
    • 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
    at webpage!https://warwick.ac.uk/…/…/events/imaginingromance/symposium)
    • ‘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,
    April 2014.
    • ‘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
    2010
    • ‘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

    Publications


    Funding


    Modernist and Postmodernist Literature
    Popular Cinema
    Contemporary Literature
    Literary theory
    Contemporary Writing on the Family


    Interests

    Portfolio

     


    Origins of the Novel
    Modernity, Literature and Culture
    Postmodern Writing

    Creative Writing

    Creative Writing Foundation

    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

    Teaching