Film experts set to reel you in with discussion and drinks

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Film and TV aficionados are in for a treat as University of Northampton lecturers will be on hand to talk about their areas of expertise during a book launch next week.

The book launch will take place at 6pm on Wednesday 6th Dec at the gallery in the Maidwell building, Avenue Campus and will feature recently published work by lecturers in our film and media production subject areas.

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Dr Mike Starr, Dr Lorna Jowett and Dr David Simmons will be in attendance to answer questions about their areas of expertise at the launch

The launch will feature an informal discussion with the authors, along with a book sale and raffle. Entrance is free, with refreshments provided on the door.

The books up for sale and discussion are:

Film staff Mike Starr, Lorna Jowett and David Simmons

Dr Mike Starr, Dr Lorna Jowett and Dr David Simmons will be in attendance to answer questions about their areas of expertise at the launch

Wells meets Deleuze: The Scientific Romances Reconsidered – Dr Mike Starr takes a unique perspective on the great-Grandfather of science fiction, HG Wells, re-examining his writings (including the concept of space travel and time machines) through the eyes of the philosopher Gilles Deleuze.

Dancing with the Doctor: Dimensions of Gender in the Doctor Who Universe – Dr Lorna Jowett takes a look at how gender is treated in the classic, long-running British sci-fi programme Dr Who, considering not just the front of camera personalities but also the showrunners, directors, producers and writers and the problems they have had in offering alternative gender models, as well as looking at the constructions of masculinity.

In American Horror Fiction: From Poe to Twilight, Dr David Simmons argues that class, as much as race and gender, has played a significant role in the development of Gothic and Horror fiction. From the classic texts of Edgar Allen Poe through to modern examples, such as the Twilight Series, he argues that class remains an ever present if understudied element in horror novels.

The latest edition of Intellect’s Horror Studies Journal, co-edited by Dr Starr and Dr Jowett, examines the figure of the television vampire in its many shapes and forms.

The books can also be bought online:

Dancing with the Doctor: Dimensions of Gender in the Doctor Who Universe (I.B. Tauris, 2017).

Wells meets Deleuze: The Scientific Romances Reconsidered (McFarland, 2017).

American Horror fiction and Class: From Poe to Twilight (Palgrave, 2017).

Horror Studies 8.2 (Intellect Journals) – Stacey Abbot, Lorna Jowett, Michael Starr (editors).

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