Projects per year
Sarah’s research and teaching focuses on feminism and gender cultures in popular film and television culture with a specific emphasis on Anglo-American media cultures. Her monograph Masculinity in British Cinema: 1990-2010 was published in 2022 by Edinburgh University Press and she is co-editor of Shane Meadows: Critical Essays (with Martin Fradley and Melanie Williams). She is co-convenor of the BAFTTS LGBTQIA+ special interest group, a trustee of Norwich Pride, and a co-founder of Norwich Queer International Film Festival (NQIFF).
Sarah joined the School of Art, Media and American Studies in 2011 shortly after completing her PhD on the representations of masculinity in 90s British cinema. Her interests in feminist approaches to film, television and media cultures continue to underpin her research, teaching and external scholarly activities.
Areas of Expertise
Sarah's expertise falls under the broad scope of intersectional feminist film and television studies to include the following themes and areas:
- British film and television
- American film and television
- Cultures of masculinity
- Children's media cultures
- Contemporary gender politics
- British media, cultural and social history since 1970
I welcome PhD candidates interested in projects allied with or adjacent to any of these areas.
Key Research Interests
Sarah’s research takes a deliberately intersectional approach to feminist film and television studies, focusing particularly on the conjunctions between gender, race, sexuality, class, age, and regionality within recent British film and television.
Her first monograph, Masculinity in British Cinema 1990-2010 was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2022; the book drew on and extended the work of her PhD thesis to develop and understand the specific ways in which postfeminism and neoliberalism came to be inflected within and articulated by British cinema via its representations of masculinity.
Sarah teaches across the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Amongst the modules that she delivers are Gender and Genre in American Cinema since 2000; Gender and Television; Women and Film; Feminism and Television. She also contributes to modules including British cinema since the 1960s and a range of other core and specialist modules.
Sarah has been the Course Director for the BA (hons.) Film and Television Studies, Film and English, and History and Film as well as the MA Film Studies programmes since 2018.
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
- British Cinema & Television
- since 1970s
- Broadcasting (TV & Radio)
- british tv
- Feminist Media Studies
- Film Studies
- Media (General)
- gender cultures
- Gender politics
- Media studies
- 1 Finished
Being Human Festival
Warner, H., Cann, V. & Godfrey, S.
School of Advanced Study, University of London
17/11/16 → 21/11/16
‘Some of the episodes are literally like a screen from [my] WhatsApp groups …’: Mothers talk about Motherland (BBC, 2017-)Holmes, S. & Godfrey, S., 14 Feb 2023, (Accepted/In press) In: Participations: online Journal of Audience and Reception Studies.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Masculinity in British Cinema, 1990-2010Godfrey, S., 31 Jan 2022, Edinburgh University Press. 259 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Book
Authenticity and Aspiration: Exploring the CBBC Television TweenGodfrey, S., 1 Mar 2018, In: Girlhood Studies. 11, 1 (Spring), p. 8-24 17 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile1 Citation (Scopus)19 Downloads (Pure)
Contemporary Girls Studies: Reflections on the Inaugural International Girls Studies Association ConferenceCann, V., Godfrey, S. & Warner, H., 1 Dec 2018, In: Girlhood Studies. 11, 3
Research output: Contribution to journal › Special issue › peer-review
Contemporary Girls Studies: Reflections on the Inaugural International Girls Studies Association ConferenceCann, V., Godfrey, S. & Warner, H., 1 Dec 2018, In: Girlhood Studies. 11, 3, p. vi–xxi
Research output: Contribution to journal › Editorial › peer-review2 Citations (Scopus)