Rebecca Feasey

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Personal statement

I teach film and media communication and have published a range of work on the representation of gender in popular media culture. I have published in journals such as the Quarterly Review of Film and Video, the Journal of Popular Film and Television, Continuum, the European Journal of Cultural Studies and the Journal of Gender Studies. I have written books on Masculinity and Popular Television (EUP 2008), Motherhood and Popular Television (Anthem 2012) and maternal audiences (Peter Lang 2016).

Academic qualifications

  • BA
  • MA
  • PhD.

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Teaching specialism

  • Gender in film and television
  • Stardom and celebrity.

Current scholarship

My current research examines the representation of infertility, abortion, fostering, adoption and surrogacy in a wide range of films, television genres, blogs, websites, newspapers and magazine media in order to illustrate the ways in which infertility, non-biological mothering and childlessness are being depicted in the mainstream media (Palgrave Macmillan 2019).

External examiners

External examiner for the Faculty of Media, Arts and Society for Southampton Solent University, 2011-2016.

External examiner for PhD:

  • Representations of fatherhood on popular television (University of Edinburgh, UK)
  • Postfeminist nostalgia and Hollywood cinema (Southern Cross University, Australia)
  • Toxic celebrity (Deakin University, Australia)
  • Male street dance crews on television talent show competitions (University of Surrey, UK).

I have acted as a Bath Spa University representative for the Access to HE Centre Review Panel for Petroc Further Education college.

Other external roles

I routinely review and referee work on celebrity culture and representations of gender for publishers and journals such as:

  • Asian Journal of Communication
  • European Journal of Womens Studies
  • Feminist Media Studies
  • Journal of Popular Television
  • Men and Masculinities
  • Sage
  • Sociology Compass
  • The 49th Parallel
  • The Journal of American Studies
  • The Journal of Gender Studies
  • The Journal of Men's Studies.

Research and academic outputs

Go to ResearchSPAce

Mothers on mothers: maternal readings of popular television
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Feasey, R (2016) Mothers on mothers: maternal readings of popular television. Peter Lang. ISBN 9783034318266


From happy homemaker to desperate housewives: motherhood and popular television
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Feasey, R (2012) From happy homemaker to desperate housewives: motherhood and popular television. Anthem, London. ISBN 9780857285614


Masculinity and popular television
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Feasey, R (2008) Masculinity and popular television. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh. ISBN 9780748627974


Star and genre: Hugh Grant and the romantic comedy
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Feasey, R (2017) 'Star and genre: Hugh Grant and the romantic comedy.' In: Vaisya, K, ed. Celebrities for the curious: why study celebrities? Curious Academic Publishing, Franklin, A.C.T. (Forthcoming)


SheZow: costume changes and gender non-conformity
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Feasey, R (2017) 'SheZow: costume changes and gender non-conformity.' In: Reinhard, C.D and Olson, C.J, eds. Heroes, heroines, and everything in between: challenging gender and sexuality stereotypes in children's entertainment media. Lexington, Lanham, MD. (Forthcoming)


Television and the absent mother: why girls and young women struggle to find the maternal role
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Feasey, R (2017) 'Television and the absent mother: why girls and young women struggle to find the maternal role.' In: Åström, B, ed. The absent mother in the cultural imagination: missing, presumed dead. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9783319490366 (Forthcoming)


Tweens and tween fashion
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Feasey, R (2013) 'Tweens and tween fashion.' In: Stange, M, Oyster, C and Sloan, J, eds. The multimedia encyclopedia of women in today's world. 2nd ed. Sage. ISBN 9781452270388


Beekeeper suits, plastic casings, rubber gloves and cling film: examining the importance of no-sex sex in Pushing Daisies
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Feasey, R (2012) 'Beekeeper suits, plastic casings, rubber gloves and cling film: examining the importance of no-sex sex in Pushing Daisies.' In: Johnson, B, Aston, J and Glynn, B, eds. Television, sex and society: analysing contemporary representations. Continuum, London. ISBN 9780826434982


The ageing femme fatale: sex, stardom, and Sharon Stone
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Feasey, R (2012) 'The ageing femme fatale: sex, stardom, and Sharon Stone.' In: Swinnen, A and Stotesbury, J, eds. Aging, performance and stardom: doing age on the stage of consumerist culture. Aging studies in Europe (2). LIT, Berlin. ISBN 9783643501875


Neo-noir's fatal woman: stardom, seduction and Sharon Stone
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Feasey, R (2009) 'Neo-noir's fatal woman: stardom, seduction and Sharon Stone.' In: Bould, M, Glitre, K and Tuck, G, eds. Neo-noir. Wallflower, Columbia. ISBN 9781906660185


Get a famous body: star styles and celebrity gossip in Heat magazine
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Feasey, R (2006) 'Get a famous body: star styles and celebrity gossip in Heat magazine.' In: Holmes, S and Redmond, S, eds. Framing celebrity: new directions in celebrity culture. Routledge, London, pp. 177-194. ISBN 9780415377096


Sex, controversy, box-office: from blockbuster to bonkbuster
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Feasey, R (2003) 'Sex, controversy, box-office: from blockbuster to bonkbuster.' In: Stringer, J, ed. Movie blockbusters. Routledge, London, pp. 167-177. ISBN 9780415256094


Sharon Stone, screen diva: stardom, femininity and cult movie fandom
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Feasey, R (2003) 'Sharon Stone, screen diva: stardom, femininity and cult movie fandom.' In: Jancovich, M, Reboll, A, Stringer, J and Willis, A, eds. Defining cult movies: the cultural politics of oppositional taste. Manchester University Press, pp. 171-184. ISBN 071906631X


Good, bad or just good enough: representations of motherhood and the maternal role on the small screen
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Feasey, R (2017) 'Good, bad or just good enough: representations of motherhood and the maternal role on the small screen.' Studies in the Maternal, 9 (1). p. 5. ISSN 1759-0434


Masculinit(ies) and the male celebrity feminist
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Feasey, R (2017) 'Masculinit(ies) and the male celebrity feminist.' Men and Masculinities, 20 (3). pp. 283-293. ISSN 1097-184X


The hierarchy of celebrity childbirth stories
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Feasey, R (2017) 'The hierarchy of celebrity childbirth stories.' Celebrity Studies, 8 (2). pp. 278-293. ISSN 1939-2397


'This is not how cancer looks': celebrity diagnosis and death in the tabloid media
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Ashton, D and Feasey, R (2014) ''This is not how cancer looks': celebrity diagnosis and death in the tabloid media.' Journalism, 15 (2). pp. 237-251. ISSN 1464-8849


From soap opera to reality programming: examining motherhood, motherwork and the maternal role on popular television
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Feasey, R (2013) 'From soap opera to reality programming: examining motherhood, motherwork and the maternal role on popular television.' Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies / Revue d'Etudes Interculturelles de l'Image, 4 (2). pp. 25-46. ISSN 1918-8439


A good day to die hard: age, action, and the masculine hard body
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Feasey, R (2012) 'A good day to die hard: age, action, and the masculine hard body.' Flow, 15 (10).


The blurring of fame and talent: female celebrity and the glossy gossip sector
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Feasey, R (2012) 'The blurring of fame and talent: female celebrity and the glossy gossip sector.' Flow, 15 (6).


Absent, ineffectual and intoxicated mothers: representing the maternal in teen television
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Feasey, R (2012) 'Absent, ineffectual and intoxicated mothers: representing the maternal in teen television.' Feminist Media Studies, 12 (1). pp. 155-159. ISSN 1468-0777


Mothers on the naughty step: Supernanny and reality parenting television
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Feasey, R (2011) 'Mothers on the naughty step: Supernanny and reality parenting television.' Flow, 15 (3).


Mature masculinity and the ageing action hero
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Feasey, R (2011) 'Mature masculinity and the ageing action hero.' Groniek, 190. pp. 507-520. ISSN 0169-2801


Anxiety, helplessness and 'adultescence': examining the appeal of teen drama for the young adult audience
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Feasey, R (2009) 'Anxiety, helplessness and 'adultescence': examining the appeal of teen drama for the young adult audience.' European Journal of Cultural Studies, 12 (4). pp. 431-446. ISSN 1367-5494


Spray more, get more: masculinity, television advertising and the Lynx effect
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Feasey, R (2009) 'Spray more, get more: masculinity, television advertising and the Lynx effect.' Journal of Gender Studies, 18 (4). pp. 357-368. ISSN 0958-9236


Reading Heat: the meanings and pleasures of star fashions and celebrity gossip
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Feasey, R (2008) 'Reading Heat: the meanings and pleasures of star fashions and celebrity gossip.' Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 22 (5). pp. 687-699. ISSN 1030-4312


Investigating Angel: the hair, the car and the wardrobe
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Feasey, R (2007) 'Investigating Angel: the hair, the car and the wardrobe.' Intensities: The Journal of Cult Media, 4. ISSN 1471-5031


Watching Charmed: the pleasures of female strength, sisterhood and style
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Feasey, R (2007) 'Watching Charmed: the pleasures of female strength, sisterhood and style.' Diegesis. ISSN 1471-1281


Charmed: why teen television appeals to women
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Feasey, R (2006) 'Charmed: why teen television appeals to women.' Journal of Popular Film and Television, 34 (1). pp. 2-9. ISSN 1930-6458


The 'Charmed' audience: gender and the politics of contemporary culture
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Feasey, R (2005) 'The 'Charmed' audience: gender and the politics of contemporary culture.' Spectator: The University of Southern California Journal of Film & Television, 25 (2). pp. 39-48. ISSN 1051-0230


Stardom and distinction: Sharon Stone and the problem of legitimacy
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Feasey, R (2004) 'Stardom and distinction: Sharon Stone and the problem of legitimacy.' Scope, May. ISSN 1465-9166


Stardom and Sharon Stone: power as masquerade
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Feasey, R (2004) 'Stardom and Sharon Stone: power as masquerade.' Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 21 (3). pp. 199-207. ISSN 1050-9208


Maternal readings of childbirth on screen
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Feasey, R (2016) Maternal readings of childbirth on screen. In: Televising Childbirth Seminar Series, 21 September 2016, University of Nottingham,.


Motherhood and popular television
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Feasey, R (2015) Motherhood and popular television. In: Womb to World: Birthlight Conference, 19 September 2015, University of Cambridge, UK.


Television and the absent mother: why girls and young women struggle to find the maternal role
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Feasey, R (2015) Television and the absent mother: why girls and young women struggle to find the maternal role. In: Missing, Presumed Dead: Absent Mothers in the Cultural Imagination, 11-12 June 2015, Umeå University.


Mothers on mothers: maternal readings of popular television
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Feasey, R (2015) Mothers on mothers: maternal readings of popular television. In: Consuming/Culture: Women and Girls in Print and Pixels, 5–6 June 2015, Oxford Brookes University, UK.


Mothers on mothers: maternal readings of popular television
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Feasey, R (2014) Mothers on mothers: maternal readings of popular television. In: Rethinking Sisterhood: The Affective Politics of Women's Relationships, 13 September 2014, Bristol University, UK.


Teen drama: absent, inept and intoxicated mothers
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Feasey, R (2011) Teen drama: absent, inept and intoxicated mothers. In: Media and Mothers’ Matters, 21 October 2011, University of Winchester, Winchester, UK.


Mediated dying: representations of Jade's death in tabloid and magazine media
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Feasey, R (2011) Mediated dying: representations of Jade's death in tabloid and magazine media. In: Centre for Death and Society Seminar, March 2011, University of Bath, Bath, UK.


'Not just documented but sold': Jade and death on the TV, radio, magazines, news, and the web
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Feasey, R and Ashton, D (2010) 'Not just documented but sold': Jade and death on the TV, radio, magazines, news, and the web. In: Death and the Media : Joint BSA Death, Dying and Bereavement Study Group and BSA Media Study Group Event, 15 November 2010, British Sociological Association, London, UK.


Reconsidering soap opera: (post) feminism, femininity and the woman's role
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Feasey, R (2010) Reconsidering soap opera: (post) feminism, femininity and the woman's role. In: What happened next? Feminist Television Studies in post-feminist times: researching the relationship between women, feminism, the feminine and British television, 16 September 2010, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, UK.


Examining the importance of no-sex sex in Pushing Daisies
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Feasey, R (2010) Examining the importance of no-sex sex in Pushing Daisies. In: Gender and Difference Conference, 20-23 May 2010, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK.


The blurring of fame and talent: representations of female celebrity in heat magazine
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Feasey, R (2008) The blurring of fame and talent: representations of female celebrity in heat magazine. In: Going Cheap? Female celebrity in the tabloid, reality and scandal genres, 25 June 2008, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.


Neo-noir's fatal woman: stardom, survival and Sharon Stone
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Feasey, R (2008) Neo-noir's fatal woman: stardom, survival and Sharon Stone. In: AHRC International Conference - Crossing Cultures: Women, Ageing and Media, 5 December 2008, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, UK.


Female students and feminist media criticism: the pleasures and frustrations of teaching gender studies
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Feasey, R (2008) Female students and feminist media criticism: the pleasures and frustrations of teaching gender studies. In: The Point of Feminism: An Interdisciplinary Conference, 12 September 2008, University of Reading, Reading, UK.


Masculinity and popular television: heroes, martyrs, friends and fathers
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Feasey, R (2008) Masculinity and popular television: heroes, martyrs, friends and fathers. In: BFI Annual Media Studies Conference, 25-27 June 2008, British Film Institute, London, UK.


Watching Charmed: why teen television appeals to women
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Feasey, R (2006) Watching Charmed: why teen television appeals to women. In: Teen TV: Audience, Industry, Identity. MeCCSA Women’s Media Studies Network seminar, June 2006, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK.


Reading Heat magazine
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Feasey, R (2005) Reading Heat magazine. In: Celebrity Culture: An Interdisciplinary Conference, 12-14 September 2005, University of Paisley, Ayr, Scotland.


Investigating Angel: the hair, the car and the wardrobe
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Feasey, R (2005) Investigating Angel: the hair, the car and the wardrobe. In: Science Fiction and Fantasy - 26th Annual Conference of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association of the Southwest and Texas, 9-12 February 2005, Albuquerque NM, USA.


The Charmed audience: gender and politics of contemporary culture
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Feasey, R (2004) The Charmed audience: gender and politics of contemporary culture. In: Association for Research in Popular Fictions: Audiences conference, November, 2004, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK.


The trials and tribulations of a third button romantic hero
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Feasey, R (2004) The trials and tribulations of a third button romantic hero. In: Love Maybe: A Romantic Comedy Study Day, 19 August 2004, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.


Charmed and dangerous: feminism, femininity and popular culture
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Feasey, R (2004) Charmed and dangerous: feminism, femininity and popular culture. In: Interrogating Post-Feminism: Gender and the Politics of Contemporary Culture, 2-3 April 2004, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.


Maternal readings of motherhood on television: a Birthlight summary [blog post]
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Feasey, R (2016) Maternal readings of motherhood on television: a Birthlight summary [blog post]. MaMSIE.


Maternal readings of pregnancy and childbirth on the small screen [blog post]
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Feasey, R (2015) Maternal readings of pregnancy and childbirth on the small screen [blog post].


Mothers on mothers: maternal readings of popular television - executive summary
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Feasey, R (2015) Mothers on mothers: maternal readings of popular television - executive summary.


From heartache to happiness: the codes, conventions and clichés of the 40-something celebrity infertility story [blog post]
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Feasey, R (2014) From heartache to happiness: the codes, conventions and clichés of the 40-something celebrity infertility story [blog post]. MaMSIE.


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