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Dr David James

Senior Lecturer
Film and Media Studies

David James is a Senior Lecturer and First Year Tutor for the BA (Hons) Film and Media degree.

His research interests include the portrayal of class in British wartime films, British war films of the 1950s, and in British sitcoms of the 1960s, 70s and 80s. He is also interested in (particularly British) Comedy and Light Entertainment and is interested in supervising postgraduate work in these areas.

He was awarded a first class honours degree in Film, Photography ands Graphic Media at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2000 and then. with the help of an AHRC scholarship, completed an MA (with Distinction) in Visual Culture at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2001. He won another full AHRC scholarship to study for a PhD, which was awarded by Manchester Metropolitan University in March 2006 for his thesis on the representation of class in the sitcoms of Perry and Croft.
In conjuction with Dr David Huxley, his current research is based around Music Hall performers and audiences.

Projects

'Unfunny Jokes and Offensive Language: Gender and Race in Music Hall Performance'

Invited speaker with Dr. David Huxley at 'Transgression, Creativity and The Comedy Business': a Comedy Symposium at the University of Salford which was part of the Salford Comedy Festival in March 2014 . Details…

1. So Funny it Hurts - The Fourth International Comedy Conference

I co-organised the Fourth International Comedy Conference with Dr. C. Details…

2. Comedy and Conflict : The Fifth International Comedy Conference: in collaboration with Dr CP Lee of Salford University

Comedy is often a bedfellow of conflict, whether in the domestic sphere or on an international stage. Double acts have made their careers through representations of conflict real or imagined. Details…

3. Drawing The Line: The Sixth International Comedy Conference in collaboration with CP Lee of Salford University

The University of Salford’s 6th International Comedy Conference: Drawing The Line – Comics, Comedy & Comics a collaboration between The University of Salford / Manchester Metropolitan University was held between May 31-June 1 2012 at the Geoffrey Manton Building, MMU Topics this year included: Cartoonist Vicky, Issues around Standup, The Golden Girls, Humour and Alan Moore, Influence of Comics on Spanish Cinema and Australian Silent Comedy. . Details…

Research

David James is a member of the Media Research Group.

A selection of recent research outputs.

Books

James, D., Kamin, D., Goodwins, F., 2017. 'Charlie Chaplin's Red Letter Days: At Work with the Comic Genius', Rowman & Littlefield.

Book Chapters

James, D., Colman, F., 2017. ''Military Class: Hearts and Minds on the Domestic Screen''. In Social Class and Television Drama in Contemporary Britain, Palgrave Macmillan.

James, D., Huxley, D, 2016. 'Drivel for Dregs: Perceptions of class, race and gender in British music hall 1850-1914:'. In John Storey (eds.) The Making of British Popular Culture, Routledge.

James, DO., Huxley, D., 2016. 'Drivel for Dregs: Perceptions of class, race and gender in British music hall 1850-1914:'. In The Making of British Popular Culture, Routledge.

James, DO., Huxley, D., 2016. 'Drivel for Dregs: Perceptions of class, race and gender in British music hall 1850-1914:'. In The Making of English Popular Culture, Routledge.

Journal Articles

James, D., 2013. '"When I'm trying to be funny I'm all wrong': Chaplin in The Red Letter', EARLY POPULAR VISUAL CULTURE, 11 (3), pp. 255-272.

Huxley, D., James, D., 2013. 'Untitled', EARLY POPULAR VISUAL CULTURE, 11 (3), pp. 189-190.

Huxley, D., James, D., 2013. 'Women used to be funny: Music hall and the threat of cinema, 1911-49', EARLY POPULAR VISUAL CULTURE, 11 (3), pp. 191-204.

James, D., 2012. 'No other excuse: Race, class and gender in British Music Hall comedic performance 1914–1949', Comedy Studies, Vol. 3 no. 1, 17-28.

Huxley, D., 2011. 'Music Hall Reviews', The Comedy Journal, Journal Vol 2 n2, 190-194.

James, D., 2009. 'A Critical Analysis of the Portrayal of 'Race' in It Ain't Half Hot Mum', JOURNAL OF BRITISH CINEMA AND TELEVISION, 6 (3), pp. 370-386.

Presentations

James, D., 2015. 'Confessions of an incompetent researcher', Invited speaker at the Comedy Symposium, part of the Salford Comedy Festival, University of Salford,, March 2015.

James, D., 2015. 'The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show: Problems with Post Modernism', Journeys through 1950s and 1960s television' Conference, University of Wisconsin, November 2015.

James, D., 2012. 'No other excuse: Race, class and gender in British Music Hall comedic performance 1914–1949', The Sixth International Comedy Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, 31 May-1 June 2012.

James, D., 2010. 'The Diary of a Nobody: The Travels of Fred Hill', So Funny it Hurts - The Fourth International Comedy Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, 3-4 June 2010.

James, D., 2009. 'The Films of Morecambe and Wise', Comics in the Frame: an International Conference on Comedy, Salford University, 4-5 June 2009.

James, D., 2008. 'Carry On Foreigners', ‘Funny People Those Foreigners’: The Second International Comedy Conference, Salford University, 5-6 June 2008.

James, D., 2007. 'The representation of race in 'It Ain't half Hot Mum'', What have you got in that Box?, Salford University, 31st May - 1st June.

Other Outputs

James, D. Huxley, D, 2013. 'Guest Editor with Dr. David Huxley', Guest Editors of 'The Journal of Early Popular Visual Culture'.