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Professor Charlotte Brunsdon

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Professor of Film & Television Studies

Tel: +44 2476 523511
Email: C dot M dot Brunsdon at warwick dot ac dot uk

Room A1.18
Millburn House
University of Warwick
Coventry, CV4 7HS


Charlotte Brunsdon studied English at University College London and completed her Phd at the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies Birmingham. While at Warwick, Charlotte Brunsdon has taught visiting semesters in the USA at Duke University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and been visiting scholar at other universities including Stockholm, Queensland, Southern California, New York, Northwestern, and Murcia. She has undertaken a number of collaborative projects, including co-founding the Midlands Television Research Group and recently acted as Principal Investigator on the AHRC funded ‘Projection Project’ (2014-2018), based at Warwick.

Research profile

All of my research, across a range of topics which range from London as a cinematic city to television crime series, is concerned with the relationship between particular texts and broader cultural contexts. I’m interested in the ways in which cultures use film and television to tell stories about themselves, and what can be learned by paying close attention to texts that are often considered unimportant or trivial. I have been involved in arguing for the importance of the study of television for most of my career and have worked with John Caughie to edit the book series, Oxford Television Studies, and with Lynn Spigel to document the emergence of Feminist Television Criticism in two anthologies. My most recent book, Television Cities (Duke University Press, 2018) argues that scholarship about the audio-visual city should attend to the urban images and rhythms of the many television cities. This book has a central chapter on London which complements my earlier book on London in Cinema, and I am working on a book which will extend attention to the broader territories of British film and television.

Selected publications

  • Television Cities: Paris, London, Baltimore (Durham N.C: Duke University Press, 2018)
  • ‘London in transition: sites of melancholy’, in Pam Hirsch and Chris O’Rourke (eds.) London on Film: social change and the cinema (London: Palgrave, 2018)
  • Journal of British Cinema and Television 15.1 (2018), ‘The Projection Issue’, co-edited with Jon Burrows and Richard Wallace
  • ‘The cinematic and the televisual city: south London revisited’, in Francois Penz and Richard Koeck (eds.) Cinematic Urban Geographies (New York: Palgrave, 2017), pps 223-243.
  • ‘Bad sex, target culture and the anti-terror state: new contexts for the 21st century British television police series’, in Ruth McElroy (ed.) Contemporary British Television Crime Drama: Cops on the Box (London: Routledge, 2017), pps 27-39
  • ‘On being made history’, Cultural Studies 29.1 (2015), pps 88-99
  • ‘Television crime series, women police and fuddy-duddy feminism’ Feminist Media Studies,13.4 2013: 375-395.
  • ‘The attractions of the cinematic city’ Screen 53.3 2012: 209-227
  • Law and Order BFI Television Classic (London: Palgrave/ Macmillan, 2010)
  • Journal of British Cinema and Television, ‘Screen Londons’ themed issue, edited with Jon Burrows, 6.2 2009
  • London in Cinema: the cinematic city since 1945 (London: BFI, 2007)
  • The Feminist, the Housewife and the Soap Opera (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2000)
  • Screen Tastes: Soap Opera to Satellite Dishes (London: Routledge, 1997)
  • Feminist Television Criticism 2nd edn, co- edited with Lynn Spigel (Open University Press, 2007; 1st edn 1997, co-edited with D’Acci and Spigel)
  • Everyday Television: Nationwide (with David Morley), London: BFI, 1978

Teaching and supervision

I have developed and taught a wide range of courses, including ‘Modernity, Innovation and the Audio-visual Media’ and ‘The Cinema and the City’ for the Warwick MA, and undergraduate courses on ‘National Cinemas’ and ‘Film and Television Culture in Britain’. I have successfully supervised a large number of Phd theses on both film and television, and several former Phd students now have successful academic careers.

National roles and professional associations


Undergraduate modules

FI318 British Film and Television Fiction

Postgraduate modules

The City in Film and Television

Brunsdon - Television Cities