Biography

Mark Jancovich came to UEA in September 2004. He studied at Keele University, the University of Kent at Canterbury and Indiana University. He has taught at the Universities of Keele, Manchester, and Nottingham, where he founded the Institute of Film Studies. He is the co-editor of two book series; a founding member of Scope: An Online Journal of Film Studies; a member of several editorial and editorial advisory boards; and has been a member of research panel 2 of the AHRB, an subpanel of RAE 2008, and a member of the Executive of the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association. He has been an external examiner at over ten different Universities and supervised numerous research students to the successful completion of their studies.

Mark also blogs on TV horror and fantasy at fantasticfilmtv.com.

All Publications

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Jancovich, M., Manning, R.

(2016)

'A Poisonous Picture': The Big Sleep, The Hollywood Left and the Postwar Thriller

British Film Institute Publishing

pp. 82-93

ISBN 97818844575411

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Jancovich, M.

(2016)

Frankenstein and Film

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

pp. 190-204

ISBN 9781107086197, 9781107450608

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Jancovich, M.

(2016)

Ingrid Bergman

McFarland

pp. 34-37

ISBN 97814776663142

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Jancovich, M.

(2015)

"The Murderer's Mind": Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart, and the Monstrous Psychologies of the 1940s Horror Film

Lexington Books

pp. 161-178

ISBN 9781498503792

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Jancovich, M.

(2015)

'The theme of psychological destruction’: Horror stars, the crisis of identity and 1940s horror: Horror Stars, the Crisis of Identity and 1940s Horror

in Horror Studies

6.

pp. 163-175

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Jancovich, M.

(2015)

Victims and Villains: Psychological Themes, Male Stars and Horror Films in the 1940s

Palgrave MacMillan

pp. 91-109

ISBN 9781137350367

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Jancovich, M.

(2015)

"Antique Chiller": Quality, Pretension, and History in the Critical Reception of The Innocents and The Haunting

Bloomsbury Academic

pp. 115-128

ISBN 9781628922141

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Jancovich, M.

(2015)

The 1950’s Blockbuster: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

in Deletion

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Jancovich, M.

(2014)

“There’s Nothing So Wrong with a Hollywood Script that a Bunch of Giant CGI Scorpions Can’t Solve”: Politics, Computer Generated Images and Camp in the Critical Reception of the Post-Gladiator Historical Epics

Edinburgh University Press

ISBN 9780748684021

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Jancovich, M.

(2014)

“Hot Profits out of Cold Shivers!”: Horror, the First Run Market, and the Hollywood Studios, 1938-42

Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN 9781623564209

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Jancovich, M.

(2014)

'Cue the Shrieking Virgins': The Critical Reception of the Twilight Saga

I B Tauris

pp. 26-39

ISBN 9781780766652, 9781780766669

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Jancovich, M.

(2014)

Horror in the 1940s

Wiley-Blackwell

pp. 237-254

ISBN 9780470672600

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Jancovich, M.

(2013)

Its about time British actors kicked against these roles in "horror" films: Horror stars, psychological films and the tyranny of the Old World in classical horror cinema

in Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television

33.

pp. 214-233

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Jancovich, M.

(2013)

‘It’s About Time British Actors Kicked Against these Roles in “Horror” Films’: Horror stars, psychological films and the tyranny of the Old World in classical horror cinema

in Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television

33.

pp. 214-233

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Jancovich, M.

(2013)

Bluebeard’s Wives”: Horror, Quality and the Paranoid Woman’s Film in the 1940s

in Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies

pp. 20-43

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Jancovich, M.

(2012)

"Psychological Thriller": British Cinema, Horror and the Cultural Contexts of Dead of Night during the 1940s

Palgrave-Macmillan

pp. 39-53

ISBN 978-0230114500

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Jancovich, M.

(2012)

"A Former Director of German Horror Films”: Horror, European Cinema and the Critical Reception of Robert Siodmak’s Hollywood Career

Wallflower

pp. 185-193

ISBN 9780231162098, 9780231162067

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Jancovich, M.

(2012)

Relocating Lewton: Cultural Distinctions and Generic Negotiations in the Critical Reception of the Val Lewton Horror Films

in Journal of Film and Video

64.

pp. 21-37

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Jancovich, M.

(2012)

"Terrifyingly Real": Psychology, Realism and Generic Transformation in the Demise of the 1940s Horror Cycle

in European Journal of American Culture

31.

pp. 25-39

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Jancovich, M.

(2012)

'With Conrad Veidt and Peter Lorre on their side': German stars, the psychological film and horror

in Studies in European Cinema

9.

pp. 131-141

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Key Research Interests

Research interests - media and cultural theory; genre (particularly horror, pornography and the historical epic); audience and reception studies; and contemporary popular television. He is currently working on a history of American horror in the 1940s.

EXTERNAL GRANTS

1994 British Academy, Overseas Conference Grant300.00
1999-2000 Arts and Humanities Research Board, Major Research Grant for the Project 'Film Consumption and the City: A Historical Case Study in the City of Nottingham61,598.00
2000 British Academy, Overseas Conference Grant260.00
2000 Leverhulme Trust, Research Fellowship16,054.00
2001 British Academy, Small Research Grant2909.00
2002 British Academy, Overseas Conference Grant507.00
2007 AHRC, Research Leave Scheme31,294.00

SERIES EDITOR:

Film Genres (with Charles Acland, Concordia University) Berg Publishing. Books in the series include:

Catherine Driscoll, Teen Film (2011);
Keith Johnson, Science Fiction (2011);
James Walters, Fantasy (2011).

Inside Popular Film (with Eric Schaefer, Boston College) Manchester University Press. Books in this series include:

Joanne Hollows and Mark Jancovich, eds., Approaches to Popular Film (1995, see below); Harry Benshoff, Monsters in the Closet: Homosexuality and the Horror Film (1996); Julia Hallam and Margaret Marshment, Realism and Popular Film (2000); Jacinda Read, The New Avengers: Feminism, Femininity and the Rape-Revenge Cycle (2000); Nicole Matthews, Comic Politics: Gender in Hollywood Comedy after the New Right (2000); Thomas Austin, Hollywood, Hype and Audiences: Selling and Watching Popular Film in the 1990s (2002); Aylish Wood, Technoscience in Contemporary Film, (2002); Rachel Moseley, Growing Up With Audrey Hepburn: Text, Audience, Resonance, (2003); Paul Grainge, ed., Memory and Popular Film (2003); Mark Jancovich, Antonio Lazaro-Reboll, Julian Stringer and Andrew Willis, eds., Defining Cult Movies: the Cultural Politics of Oppositional Taste, (2003); Antonio Lazaro-Reboll and Andrew Willis, eds., Spanish Popular Film (2004); Andrew Willis, Stars: Hollywood and Beyond (2004); Steven Jay Schneider, ed., New Hollywood Violence (2004); Andrew Caine, Interpreting Rock Movies (2005); Gianluca Sergi, The Dolby Era: Film Sound in Contemporary Hollywood (2005) Robert Fish, Cinematic Countrysides, (2007) Kate Egan, Trash or Treasure: Censorship and the Changing Meanings of the Video Nasties (2007).

Research Group Membership

I am a member of a major network funded by the AHRC on Middlebrow Culture.

I was founding member of the editorial collective of MOCS: The Magazine of Cultural Studies, and a member of the editorial advisory boards of Intensities: An Online Journal of Cult Media; the Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies; the Journal of Horror Studies; Scope: An Online Journal of Film Studies; the European Journal of American Culture; and both the Cultographies book series published by Wallflower and the Contemporary Cinema book series published by Rodopi.
I have acted as a reader for the following academic publishers: Arnold, Ashgate, Blackwells USA, Edinburgh University Press, Routledge, Macmillan, Manchester University Press, Sage, the University of Minnesota Press, the University of Illinois Press, Wallflower and Wayne State University Press. I have also acted as a reader for the following journals: Body and Society; Canadian Journal of Film Studies; Canadian Journal of History; Cinema Journal; Comparative American Studies; Continuum: A Journal of Media and Cultural Studies; Environment and Planning A; European Journal of American Studies; European Journal of Archaeology; Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies; Journal of American Studies; Journal of Business Research; Popular Communication; Screen; Sociological Review.

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • Member - sub panel 47 of RAE 2008 (2005-2008)
  • Member - Research panel 2, AHRC (2004-2008)
  • Member - Executive Committee of the Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association (2005 onwards)
  • Vice-Chair of the Film Studies section of the European Communication Research and Education Association
  • External Assessor for the AHRC; The Leverhulme Trust; The British Academy; The Czech Science Foundation (GACR), The Government of Ireland Senior Research Fellowship Scheme; The Research Foundation, Flanders & The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • Nominated - Expert Panel of the European Reference Index for the Humanities
  • External Assessor at - Brunel; Indiana; Liverpool; Northumbria at Newcastle; University College, London; Westminster & York
  • Assessor - applications for tenure at - Case Western Reserve University; Indiana University, The University of South Florida & The University of North Texas
  • External member, appointment committee at Kings College, London (2005) and Westminster (2007)
  • MA Examiner - Birmingham (1998-2001)
  • Secretary - British Association of American Studies (Midland Branch)
  • Committee Member - The Humanities and Social Science Strategy Group
  • Committee Member - The University Research Systems Project Group
  • Committee Member - The University Research Degrees Board
  • Committee Member - The University Research Portals Content Board
  • Committee Member - The University Web Steering Group

Key Responsibilities

Professor Jancovich is currently Head of the School of Film and Television Studies.

Administrative Posts

  • Director of Research (2004-2007)
  • Director of Admissions (2004-2007)
  • Director of Research Students (2005-2006)
  • Diretor of MA Programmes (2005-2006, second semester)
  • Humanities Research Committee (2004-2007)