Victoria Byard



Start Date: October 2010

Status: Full-time

Supervisor: Professor James Chapman 

Project title

The spaces of British telefantasy

Description of project

My research is part of the AHRC project: ‘Spaces of Television: production, site and style’ – a collaboration between the universities of Reading, Leicester and Glamorgan. The project concerns television fiction produced in the UK from 1955-94. My thesis will examine how the material spaces of production (in TV studios and on location) conditioned the aesthetic forms of programmes, and how fictional spaces represented on screen negotiated the opportunities and constraints of studio and exterior space, film and video technologies, and liveness and recording. My research focuses on the fantastic as space and style within 'genre' serials and series, and also within selected 'single plays' which contradict the popular view of play strands as primarily representing the social realist tradition. 

Other research activities

I am also interested in children's literature and culture, and this research underpins an upcoming paper on Granada's 1969 production of Alan Garner's The Owl Service. Other research interests include Fan Studies, comics, and literary SF & fantasy, particularly feminist SF and mythopoeic fantasy.


Papers: ‘Wilde and Brite: Violence, the Supernatural, and Art in the Gothic tradition’ 26th June 2010 at the Queer Manifestations: Literature, History, Theory, Culture conference at the University of Chester

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