Dr Guy Barefoot

Associate Professor in Film StudiesDr Guy Barefoot

Director of Studies, History of Art and Film

Member of the Centre for American Studies

Contact Details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2864
  • Email: gb80@le.ac.uk
  • Office: ATT 1710. Office hours, autumn term, 2017: 11-12 Mondays and Tuesdays. Dissertation supervision hours, Mondays 2-4.

Personal details


I studied at Sussex University graduating with a BA in the History of the School of England and American Studies, and from the University of East Anglia with a PhD in Film Studies. For my PhD I undertook research into ‘Hollywood’s gaslight melodramas’ of the 1940s: crime melodramas set in the late Victorian or Edwardian era. I subsequently developed this in a broader study of images of the Victorian and Edwardian past in British and American films from the first half of the twentieth century, and in a closer analysis of particular film versions of Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

Administrative responsibilities

  • Director of Studies, History of Art and Film

  • Careers Officer for American Studies


Office hours, spring term, 2017: Mondays 10-11, Thursdays 10-11.

Dissertation supervision hour: Thursdays 3-4.

  • American Film and Visual Culture
  • Reading Film and Television
  • Introduction to Film History
  • Documentary Film and Television
  • Seriality: Film, Television and Other Media
  • Screen Gothic
  • The American City
  • The American West
  • Approaches to Textual Analysis


The Lost Jungle: Cliffhanger Action and Hollywood Serials of the 1930s and 1940s (Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2017) http://exeterpress.co.uk/en-gb/Book/614/The-Lost-Jungle.html

'"Something Sweet": Little Children, the Sex Offender and Emma Bovary's Eyes', in Darren Kerr and Donna Peberdy, Tainted Love: Screening Sexual Perversion (London & New York: I.B. Tauris, 2017), pp. 234-48

'Melodramatic Villainy (Just) After the Victorians', in Benjamin Poore (ed.), Neo-Victorian Villains: Adaptations and Transformations in Popular Culture (Leiden: Brill, 2017), pp. 91-105

'The Tudor Cinema, Leicester: A Local Case Study', in I.Q. Hunter, Laraine Porter and Justin Smith (eds), The Routledge Companion to British Cinema History (London: Routledge, 2017), pp. 99-108

'Cutts, (John Henry) Graham', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015)

'Always a Good Programme Here': The Records of the Tudor Cinema, Leicester, 1924-1932, International Journal of Regional and Local History, Volume 8 Number 1 (2013), pp. 26-39

‘Recycled Images: Rose HobartEast of Borneo and The Perils of Pauline', Adaptation, Volume 5 Number 2 (2012), pp. 152-168.

‘Who Watched that Masked Man? Hollywood's Serial Audiences in the 1930s’ Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Volume 31 Issue 2 (2011), pp.167-190.

Gaslight Melodrama: From Victorian London to 1940s Hollywood (Continuum, 2001, reissued Bloomsbury, 2016).

Full listing of publications


I specialise in the cinema of the United States and Britain, and have a particular interest in Hollywood melodrama, the B-film and the film serial.

Current projects

A study of film serials made by Universal, Mascot, Republic, Columbia and selected independent producers between 1930 and 1946.


I am currently supervising PhD two PhD students: Phil Wintle, who is researching modern film representation of the Ku Klux Klan, and Chris Horn, whose Midlands3Cities funded project is on the 1980s careers of Hollywood Renaissance directors.

I am willing to consider film history PhD proposals related to my research and teaching interests.

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The History of Art and Film at Leicester are seeking expressions of interest from prospective research students in the 2017 AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership. The deadline for AHRC funding applications will be in January 2017 and your case will be strongly enhanced if you engage in discussion with us well in advance of the deadline. For information about the Midlands 3 Cities Doctoral Training Centre and for details of eligibility, funding and research supervision areas please visit the consortium’s website, our own page or contact the PGR admissions team.