Dr Laura Minor

Profile

I am a PhD student in the School of Media and Communication, fully funded by a WRoCAH (AHRC) studentship. My PhD project, Reclaiming Female Authorship in British Television Comedy, 2010–2020 engages with a genre that needs further attention in feminist television studies – the British TV comedy.

There has been a veritable explosion of female-centred and female-authored comedies in the British televisual landscape, but, as a relatively new phenomenon, this area has yet to adequately be examined. As such, my PhD project fills this critical gap and examines four case studies from 2010 to 2020 – the oeuvres of Julia Davis, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Michaela Coel, and Caitlin/Caroline Moran – and addresses four significant research questions:

  • How do these women comedy writers create their own textual practices and ‘brand’ of comedy in contemporary Britain?
  • What can this new female-authored comedy tell us about contemporary life and its everyday representation?
  • What key changes have taken place in Britain from 2010 to 2016 and what do they reveal about gender, comedy, and female authorship in the television industry?
  • Why has female-authored comedy become more prominent in the 2010s?

Alongside my PhD research, I have taught on the first year module ‘Introduction to Cinema’ with Dr Tracey Mollett and the third year module ‘Social Issues on Screen’ with Dr Beth Johnson.

Research interests

My main research interests include television studies, women’s authorship, and women’s labour in the media industries. I am also interested in the intersections between gender, comedy, and class on film and TV - particularly in an Anglo-American context.

Books

  • Minor, LJ, (forthcoming). Reclaiming Female Authorship in Contemporary British TV Comedy. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Minor, LJ., (forthcoming). Michaela Coel's “Chewing Gum: Surreal Comedic Excess in Tower Hamlets” in J. Marshall and M. Irwin, eds., This Country: UK Comedy Cultures. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Journal Articles

  • Johnson, BL & Minor, LJ., 2019. Shameless television: gendering transnational narratives, Feminist Media Studies, 19:3, 364–379, DOI: 10.1080/14680777.2018.1468795.

Online Articles

  • Minor, LJ., 2015. “Hybridity, Extratextuality and the Docudrama: Re-evaluating ‘Spoilers’ in The Jinx”. Flow TV: A Critical Forum on Media and Culture 22:2.

Conferences

  • Winner of the Postgraduate Research Poster Showcase at the BAFTSS 2021 Conference on ‘Time and the Body in Film, TV, and Screen Studies’ 7–9 April, hosted by BAFTSS and the University of Southampton Centre for International Film Research (CIFR).
  • Minor, LJ., 2021. Alma’s (Not) Normal: Normalising Working-Class Women in BBC TV Comedy”, paper presented at the Doing Women’s Film & TV History conference, 10–11 July, 2021, Virtual.
  • Minor, LJ., 2019. Julia Davis: Reclaiming Female Authorship in British Television Comedy, paper presented at the Overlooked Women in Film and Television conference (CATHICon), 14 June, De Montfort University.
  • Minor, LJ., 2018. The Disruptive Properties of Michaela Coel's Chewing Gum (E4, 2015–2017), paper presented at the Comedy and Power conference (Mixed Bill), 9/10 November, Sheffield Hallam University.

Awards

  • TV PhD Talent Scheme 2019: Selected to attend the Edinburgh Television Festival and participate in a programme of sessions, receive training to develop skills, make contacts, and increase my knowledge of the television industry.
  • The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities 2017: Awarded a full scholarship to complete a PhD in Media and Communication at the University of Leeds.
  • Keele Postgraduate Support Scheme Scholarship 2015/16: Awarded a full scholarship of £10,000 to complete an MRes in Film and Television Studies at Keele University.
  • “The Shane Meadows Prize in Film Studies” 2014/15: Achieved the best overall performance in Film Studies in my undergraduate degree.
  • “English Final Year Prize” 2014/15: Awarded the “English Final Year Prize” for attaining the highest marks in English Literature in my undergraduate degree.

Professional memberships

  • BAFTSS (British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies)
  • MeCCSA (Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association)
  • WFTHN (Women’s Film and Television History Network)

Qualifications

  • MRes in Film/TV Studies (Distinction)
  • BA (Hons) in Film Studies/English Literature