Christine Gledhill's profile

Prof. Christine-Gledhill [photo] Christine Gledhill
Visiting Professor


Research Interests:

  • British cinema, especially but not only 1920s
  • women's film history
  • melodrama, genre and debates about transnational cinemas
  • screen actresses
  • stars and film performance
  • feminist film theory

Funded research projects:

  • 2009-2010 Principal Investigator on Women's Film History Network - UK/Ireland (AHRC Research Network funding, £34,000 over 21 months)
  • 2007 Transnational Mediations: melodrama and stardom between Britain, India and USA in the pre-sound era (British Academy award, £2287, for archive research in India)

See research projects and collaborations for further details


  • Books

    2015 Doing Women's Film History: Reframing Cinemas, Past and Present (University of Illinois Press), co-edited with Julia Knight.

    2012 Gender into Genre: Cross-currents in Post-War Cinema, edited collection (University of Illinois Press).

    2003 Reframing British Cinema 1918-1928: Between Restraint and Passion (London: British Film Institute).  Supported by Leverhulme Research Fellowship, and AHRB Award in Creative and Performing Arts.

    2000 Reinventing Film Studies, edited with Linda Williams (London: Edward Arnold).

    1996 Nationalising Femininity: Culture, Sexuality and British Cinema in the Second World War, edited with Gillian Swanson (Manchester: Manchester University Press).

    1994 Melodrama: Stage*Picture*Screen, edited with Jacky Bratton and Jim Cook (London: BFI).

    1991/6 Stardom: Industry of Desire, edited collection (London: Routledge; reprinted,Vision and Language, Seoul, Korea: Vision and Sound, 1996).

    1987 Home Is Where the Heart Is: Essays on Melodrama and the Woman's Film, edited collection (London: BFI).


  • Essays and Chapters

    Forthcoming 'Lydia Elizabeth Hayward 1879–1945' in Jill Nelmes and Jule Selbo (eds), Women Screenwriters: An International Guide (Palgrave Macmillan)

    2014 'Introduction' to Dominque Nasta and Muriel Andrin (eds), Film Melodrama Revisited/Le melodrame filmique revisite (Brussels: PIE P. Lang).

    2011 'Remembering the War in 1920s British Cinema' in Michael Hammond and Michael Williams (eds), British Silent Cinema and the Great War (Palgrave Macmillan).

    2011 'Mary Pickford: Icon of Stardom' in Jennifer M. Bean (ed), Flickers of Desire: Movie Stars Of The 1910s (Rutgers University Press), pp. 43-68.

    2009 'Late Silent Britain' in R. Murphy (ed), The British Cinema Book, 3rd ed. (London: BFI).

    2008 'Play as Experiment in 1920s British Cinema', Film History, 20(1) special issue on experimental film, edited by John Fullerton.

    2008 with Martin Shingler, 'Bette Davis: Actor/Star', Screen 49(1), Spring, pp. 67-76.

    2007 'Genre and Nation' in Brian McIlroy (ed), Genre and Cinema: Ireland and Transnationalism (Routledge), pp. 11-25.

    2007 'Reframing Women in 1920s British Cinema: the Case of Violet Hopson and Dinah Shurey', Journal of British Cinema and Television, 4(1), Summer, pp. 1-17.

    2007 'Pastoral Transformations in 1920s British Cinema' in Laraine Porter and Ian Christie (eds), Picture Perfect: Landscape, Place and Travel in British Cinema Before 1930 (Exeter University Press), pp. 37-47.

    2007 'The Screen Actress from Silence to Sound'in Maggie Gale and John Stokes (eds), Cambridge Companion to the Actress (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).

    2006 8 entries in Robert Murphy (ed), Reference Guide to British Film Directors (London, British Film Institute).

    2004 'Rethinking Gender/Genre Relations in the Postmodern Era' translated into German in  Monika Bernold, Andrea B. Braidt und Claudia Presch (eds), Screenwise. Film, Fernsehen, Feminismus (Marburg, Germany: Schueren)  pp. 200-9 .

    2004 Entry on Maurice Elvey for New Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

    2003 'Adaptations, Realisations and Documents' in Alan Burton and Larraine Porter (eds) Scene Stealing: Investigating British Silent  Cinema and its Sources (Trowbridge, Flicks Books), pp. 9-20.

    2001 'Melodrama and Cultural Disorder' in Jostein Gripsrud (ed), The Aesthetics of Popular Art (Norwegian Academic Press), pp. 63-75.

    2000 'Wit and the Literate Image: the AA Milne/Adrian Brunel Collaborations', in Pimple, Pranks and Pratfalls (Trowbridge, Flicks Books).

    2000 Taking it Forward: Theatricality and British Cinema Style in the 1920s' in Linda Fitzwilliams and Sarah Street (eds), Moving Performance (Trowbridge, Flicks Books).

    2000 Rethinking Genre' in C. Gledhill & Linda Williams (eds), Reinventing Film Studies (Edward Arnold).

    1997 'Genre and Gender: the Case of Soap Opera' in Stuart Hall (ed), Representation  (Sage), pp. 337-386.

    1997 'In the National Cultural Frame: British Filmmakers of the 1920s' in Monica Dall'Asta and Guglielmo Pescatore (eds), Prima Dell'Autore (Editrice Clueb Bologna).

    1996 'Identity Politics: or, Living with Illusion' in  D. Derman, N. Dakovic, K. Ross (eds), Women and the Media (Ankara: Gisam/Metu).

    1996 'An Abundance of Understatement: Documentary, Melodrama and Romance' in  C. Gledhill  and G. Swanson (eds), Nationalising Femininity (Manchester University Press), pp.  213-229.

    1995 'Women Reading Men' in Pat Kirkham and Janet Thumim (eds), Me Jane (Lawrence & Wishart), pp. 73-93.

    1993 'Between Melodrama and Realism: Underground and The Crowd' in Jane Gaines (ed), Classical Hollywood Narrative: The Paradigm Wars (Duke University Press), pp. 129-167.

    1992 'Speculations on the Relationship Between Melodrama and Soap Opera' for Quarterly Review of Film and Video, (Fall 1992), pp. 103-124, reprinted in Nick Browne (ed), American Television: Hollywood Narrative: Economies, Sexualities, Forms (New York: Harwood Academic Publishers, 1993), pp. 123-144.

    1992 'Text and Context: Melodrama and Feminism' in Jostein Gripsrud (ed), Cultural Identity and the Media (Bergen: University of Bergen Department of Mass Communication, Report No. 14, 1992), pp. 122-139.

    1991 'Signs of Melodrama' in Stardom: Industry of Desire (London: Routledge, July 1991), pp. 207-229; translation of shortened version in Christian Cargnelli and M. Palm (eds), Und Immer Wieder Geht Die Sonne Auf (PVS Verleger, 1995), pp. 191-209.

    1988 'Pleasurable Negotiations' in E. Deidre Pribram (ed), Female Spectators: Looking at Film and Television, (London: Verso), abridged version reprinted in Imagining Women (Polity/Open University, 1992); abridged version reprinted in John Storey (ed.) Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: A Reader (Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1994), pp. 241-254. Translated into Polish, 2001.

    1987 'The Melodramatic Field: An Investigation' in C. Gledhill (ed), Home Is Where the Heart Is: Essays on Melodrama and the Woman's Film (London: BFI).