Katie Barnett

Lecturer in Warrington, UK

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Katie is a lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Chester. Her research focuses on gender, family and representation in popular screen culture. She learned the rules of baseball from Penny Marshall, the rules of espionage from Harriet the Spy, and the rules of life from Jim Henson.

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Fathers on Film: Paternity and Masculinity in 1990s Hollywood. London: Bloomsbury (2020).

"'I’m the back-up parent. The understudy': Postfeminist Fatherhood in The Descendants." In Feminist Fathering / Fathering Feminists: New Definitions and Directions, ed. Nicole Willey & Dan Friedman. Ontario: Demeter Press (2020).

"I’m (Not) A Girl: Animating Experiences of Adolescence in Bob’s Burgers." Journal of Popular Television 7:1 (2019), 2-23.

"Best Interests and Bad Decisions: The Hollywoodization of Custody Battles." In Media Res, Aug 2019.

"On the Cusp: Exploring male adolescence and the underbelly of high school in Freaks and Geeks." In Children, Youth and American Television, ed. Adrian Schober & Debbie Olson. London: Routledge (2018), 223-240.

"It’s Only Teenage Wasteland: The Home Media Revival of Freaks and Geeks." In Cult Media: Re-Packaged, Re-Released and Restored, ed. Jonathan Wroot & Andy Willis. London: Palgrave (2017), 85-104.

"'We’re his goddamn kids too': The on-screen fatherhood of Robin Williams." In Fatherhood in Contemporary Discourse: Focus on Fathers, ed. Anna Pilińska. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars (2017), 180-192.

"Down the Rabbit Hole: Sex and Grief on Screen." Screening Sex, Oct 2017.

"This Is Me Now: Queer Time and Animated Childhood." Animation Studies 2.0, Sept 2017.

"Versions of Yourself: Nora Ephron as Women's Storyteller." Bitch Flicks, Apr 2017.

"Sisterhood and Salvation in A League of Their Own." Bitch Flicks, Sept 2016.

"The Once and Future King: Negotiating the Survival of Boys in 1990s Hollywood." Boyhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 8:2 (2015), 25-42.

"Any Closer and you'd be Mom: The limits of post-feminist paternity in the films of Robin Williams.” In Screening Images of American Masculinity in the Age of Postfeminism, ed. Elizabeth Abele and John Gronbeck-Tedesco. Lanham: Lexington (2015), 19-34.

"Designing a Module, Redux: Or, Why We're Watching Buffy Again This Year." U.S. Studies Online, Nov 2014.

"Father of the Year: Bill Clinton's Paternal Redemption." U.S. Studies Online, Jun 2014.

"60 Seconds with..." Interview, U.S. Studies Online, Sept 2014.

  • Education
    • PhD (Birmingham); MA (UEA); BA (Hull)