Susan dot Holmes at uea dot ac dot uk
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I studied English and Media studies (BA) at the University of Sussex, then gained an MA in film from the University of Southampton. I then undertook a PhD on the subject of British film and television in the 1950s (also at the University of Southampton), specifically the early relations between the two media, in the form of the first ‘cinema programmes’ on television. In my first full-time teaching job at the Southampton Institute (now Southampton Solent University) I taught Media and Cultural studies, before moving on to teach television and film at the University of Kent. I joined UEA as Reader in Television in 2007, where I primarily teach in the areas of television history, popular television and historical/ contemporary celebrity.
My research focuses on British television history (especially the 1950s), contemporary television genres (such Reality TV and quiz shows), and the subject of celebrity. In my historical research on British television (British TV and Film in the 1950s, Entertaining TV: the BBC and Popular Programme Culture in the 1950s), I have been keen to challenge received ideas about British television history, whether with regard to its relations with the film industry in the early years, or the canonical ideas about early BBC television rejecting notions of the ‘popular’. With regard to British reality TV, I have examined aspects of historical development, issues of generic labeling and circulation, and questions of celebrity. In addition to this, my work on celebrity has aimed to contribute to historical knowledge about British television and celebrity, as well as the relationship between celebrity and femininity. I also co-edit the Routledge journal Celebrity Studies.
I am interested in supervising postgraduate research in a broad range of areas, whether popular television, the intersection between television/ film history, and issues of stardom/celebrity.
|Project Title||Start Date||End Date||Funding Body|
|Entertaining Television: British TV, the BBC and Popular Programme Culture in the 1950s||1/8/2007||31/8/2008||British Academy|
Holmes, S. and Redmond, S. (2013) Celebrity Studies in rude health. Celebrity Studies, 4 (2). pp. 113-114. ISSN 1939-2397
Holmes, S. (2011) Big Brother RIP. Celebrity Studies, 2 (2). pp. 214-217. ISSN 1939-2397
Holmes, Su (2011) 'Whoever heard of anyone being a screaming success for doing nothing?': 'Sabrina', the BBC and television fame in the 1950s. Media History, 17 (1). pp. 33-48. ISSN 1368-8804
Bennett, James and Holmes, Su (2010) The "Place" of television in Celebrity Studies. Celebrity Studies, 1 (1). pp. 65-80. ISSN 1939-2397
Holmes, Su (2009) Jade's back and this time she's famous: Narratives of Celebrity in the Celebrity Big Brother 'race' row. Entertainment and Sports Law Journal, 7(1).
Holmes, Su (2009) This outlet for criticism could ginger up the whole climate in which television is watched: (Re)viewing Points of View - Audience, Access and Participation. Critical Studies in Television, 4(1). pp. 4-25.
Holmes, Su and with Diane Negra, [No Value] (2008) Going Cheap? Female Celebrity in the Tabloid, Reality and Scandal Genres. Genders www.genders.org.
Holmes, Su (2008) Riveting and Real - a family in the raw:(Re)visiting The Family (1974) after Reality TV. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 11(2). pp. 193-210.
Holmes, Su (2008) 'An unmarried mother sat in a wing-backed chair on TV last night…' BBC asks Is This Your Problem? (1955-57). Television and New Media, 9 (3). pp. 175-196.
Holmes, Su (2007) The BBC and Television Fame in the 1950's: Living with The Grove Family (1954-7) and going Face to Face (1959-62) with television. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 10 (4). pp. 427-446.
Holmes, Su (2007) ‘But The Question is – is it all Worth Knowing?’: Quiz Shows on 1950s British Television. Media, Culture and Society, 49 (1). pp. 65-86.
Holmes, Su (2006) (Re)visiting The Grove Family - ‘Neighbours to the Nation’ (1954-57): Television History and Approaches to Genre. New Review of Film and Television, 4 (3). pp. 287-310.
Holmes, Su (2006) 'The "Give-Away" Shows - Who is Really Paying?": 'Ordinary' People and the Development of the British Quiz Show (1945-58). Journal of British Cinema & Television, 3 (2). pp. 284-303.
Holmes, Su and Deborah Jermyn, [No Value] (2006) The audience is dead; Long live the audience!: Interactivity, ‘telephilia’ and the contemporary television audience. Critical Ideas in Television Studies, 1 (1). pp. 49-57.
Holmes, Su (2006) ‘Coming to you Live!’: An Evening at the Film Premiere. The Journal of British Cinema and Television, 2 (2). pp. 208-226.
Holmes, Su (2005) ‘Starring… Dyer?’: Re-visiting Star Studies and Contemporary Celebrity Culture. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture (WPCC), 2 (2). pp. 6-21.
Holmes, Su (2005) ‘Not the Final Answer’: Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Revisiting Critical Approaches to the Quiz Show. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 8 (4). pp. 483-503.
Holmes, Su (2005) Designed ‘Specially for Television Purposes and Technique’: The Development of the Television Cinema Programme. The Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television, 25 (3). pp. 455-475.
Holmes, Su (2005) “It’s a Woman!”: The Question of Gender in Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Screen, 46 (2). pp. 155-173.
Holmes, Su (2005) The ‘Moron Factory?’: Debating ‘Ordinary’ People and Reality TV. Anglo Files: The Journal of English Teaching. pp. 12-19.
Holmes, Su (2005) ”Off guard, Unkempt, Unready?”: Deconstructing Contemporary Celebrity in Heat Magazine. Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 19 (1). pp. 21-38.
Holmes, Su (2004) ‘The Only Place where “Success” Comes Before Work is in the Dictionary…?’: Conceptualising Fame in Reality TV. Media and Culture Journal, 7 (5).
Holmes, Su (2004) But this time You Choose!: Approaching the Interactive Audience of Reality TV. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 7 (2). pp. 213-231.
Holmes, Su (2004) Reality Goes Pop!’: Reality TV, Popular Music and Narratives of Stardom in Pop Idol (UK). Television and New Media, 5 (2). pp. 147-172.
Holmes, Su (2004) Looking at the Wider Picture on the Small Screen: Reconsidering Television and Widescreen Cinema in the 1950s. Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 21 (2). pp. 131-147.
Holmes, Su (2001) The Infant Medium with the Adult Manner’: Television promotes the ‘X’ film (1952-62). The Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television, 21 (4). pp. 379-397.
Holmes, Su (2001) ‘As they Really Are and in Close-up’: Film Stars on 1950’s British Television. Screen, 42 (2). pp. 167-87.
Holmes, Su (2010) Reality TV and 'Ordinary' People: Re-visiting Celebrity, Performance and Authenticity. In: Trans-Reality Television: The Transgression of Reality, Genre, Politics and Audience. Lexington Books, Plymouth, pp. 251-274. ISBN 978-0-7391-3188-6
Holmes, Su (2009) Television Talent Shows. ‘”Thank You, Voters”: Approaching the Audience for Music and Television in the Reality-Pop Phenomenon. In: Sound and Music in Film and Visual Media A Critical Overview A Critical Overview. Continuum. ISBN 9780826458247
Holmes, Su (2009) The television audience cannot be expected to bear too much reality…The Family (BBC, 1974) and Reality TV. In: The Tube Has Spoken, Reality TV as History. University Press of Kentucky, pp. 98-123. ISBN 978-0813125534
Holmes, Su (2008) A Term Rather Too General to be Helpful': Struggling with Genre in Reality TV. In: The Shifting Definitions of Genre, Generic Canons. McFarland, pp. 21-39. ISBN 0786434309
Holmes, Su (2008) Ask the fastidious woman from Surbiton to hand-wash the underpants of the ageing Oldham skinhead…': Why not Wife Swap? In: Rethinking Documentary: A Documentary Reader. Open University Press, pp. 59-74. ISBN 0335221912
Holmes, Su (2008) Outrageously Bad Taste: The BBC, the Critics and the Controversy over This is Your Life in the 1950's. In: Narrating Media History. Routledge. ISBN 978-0415419161
Holmes, Su (2007) ‘A Friendly Style of Presentation that the BBC had always found elusive’: The 1950’s Cinema Programme and the Construction of British Television History. In: Re-viewing Television History. IB Tauris, pp. 67-81. ISBN 1845111885
Holmes, Su (2006) It’s a Jungle Out There!: The Game of Fame in Celebrity Reality TV. In: Framing Celebrity: New Directions in Celebrity Culture. Routledge, pp. 45-66. ISBN 0415377102
Holmes, Su (2006) When Will I be Famous?: Reappraising the Debate about Fame in Reality TV. In: Essays on Truth and Representation: How Real is Reality TV? McFarland and Company, pp. 6-21. ISBN 0786426241
Holmes, Su (2004) “All you’ve got to worry about is the task, having a cup of tea, and what you’re going to eat for dinner”: Approaching Celebrity in Big Brother. In: Understanding Reality Television. Routledge, pp. 111-135. ISBN 0415317959
Holmes, Su and Negra, Diane, eds. (2011) In the Limelight and Under the Microscope: Forms and Functions of Female Celebrity. Continuum, New York. ISBN 978-0826438553
Holmes, Su (2008) Entertaining Television: The BBC and Popular Television Culture in the 1950's. Manchester University Press. ISBN 9780719077913
Holmes, Su (2008) The Quiz Show. Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 9780748627523
Redmond, Sean and Holmes, Su, eds. (2007) A Reader in Stardom and Celebrity. Sage. ISBN 9781412923217
Holmes, Su and Redmond, Sean, eds. (2006) Framing Celebrity: New Directions in Celebrity Culture. Routledge. ISBN 0415377102
Holmes, Su (2005) British TV and Film Culture of the 1950s: Coming to a TV Near You! Intellect Books. ISBN 1841501212
Holmes, Su and Jermyn, D, eds. (2004) Understanding Reality Television. Routledge. ISBN 0415317959
Dr Holmes is currently the Research Director for the School of Film and Television Studies, and was the co-organiser (with Professor Diane Negra) of the FTV symposium: 'Going Cheap?: Female Celebrity in the Tabloid, Reality and Scandal Genres', a one-day event held at UEA on Wednesday 25th June 2008.
Dr Holmes is also currently Senior Advisor to undergraduates in FTV and AMS.
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