Dr Jilly Kay

Dr Jilly Kay


Lecturer in Media and Communication

Office: 2.17 Bankfield House

Email: jilly.kay@le.ac.uk

Telephone: 0116 229 7455

Academia.edu page: http://leicester.academia.edu/JillyBoyceKay


  • BA English Literature (Cardiff)
  • MA Journalism (UWE)
  • PhD Television History (De Montfort)



My research is rooted in feminist media and cultural studies and is animated by my central interest in the gender politics of mediated voices and public speech. I am currently writing a monograph for Palgrave - entitled Gender, Media and Voice - which explores the question of why speaking in public while female is so enduringly difficult, and which argues that contemporary media culture is still characterised by what I term communicative injustice.

My other current writing is on feminist anger and the #MeToo movement in popular culture, as well as feminist hope and despair. I am co-editor of a forthcoming volume on the wedding spectacle in contemporary media culture (with Helen Wood and Melanie Kennedy). Beyond this, I have published on reality television, the mediation of the women’s suffrage movement, the history of talk shows on British television, and the class politics of reality celebrity.

I am co-convenor of the Media and Gender research group at the University of Leicester, and I am Assistant Editor for the European Journal of Cultural Studies.



At postgraduate level, I am module convenor for MS7214 Media, Gender and Social Justice, and MS7014 Gender Politics in Contemporary Media.

At undergraduate level, I convene MS1010 Creative Audiences, MS3030 Dissertation, and MS1009 Introduction to Academic Skills.

I welcome enquiries from prospective doctoral students in the broad areas of feminism and media; gender and voice; and the gender politics of media culture.

I am Director for Equalities in the School.




Gender, Media and Voice: Communicative Injustice and Public Speech (forthcoming, Palgrave)

Something Old, Something New: the Wedding Spectacle Across Contemporary Cultures (forthcoming, with Routledge’s Interdisciplinary Gender Studies series) *with Helen Wood and Melanie Kennedy (eds.)

(2016) The Past in Visual Culture: Essays on Memory, Nostalgia and the Media. Jefferson: McFarland * with Cat Mahoney and Caitlin Shaw (eds.)


Peer-reviewed journal articles

(2018) ‘Gender, media and protest: the framing of the suffragette Emily Wilding Davison in British newspapers, 1913-2013’, Media History, Online First * with Kaitlynn Mendes

(2015) ‘Speaking bitterness: second wave feminism, television talk, and the case of No Man’s Land’ in Feminist Media Histories, 1(2), pp.64-­‐89.

(2014) ‘”The Sunday Times among them”: Good Afternoon! and the gendering of afternoon television in the 1970s’ in Critical Studies in Television, 9(2), pp.74-­‐93.

(2014) ‘Framing the cuts: An analysis of the BBC’s discursive framing of the austerity agenda’ in Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, 15(6), pp. 754-­‐772. * With L. Salter

(2011) ‘The UWE student occupation’ in Social Movement Studies 10 (4), pp.423-­‐429. *with L. Salter

Book chapters

(forthcoming 2019) ‘Feminist anger management: theorising women’s rage, voice and affective injustice through Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette’ in Gender and Australian Celebrity Culture, eds. Anthea Taylor and Joanna McIntyre. London: Routledge.

(forthcoming 2019) ‘Feminism in the Press and the Feminist Press: Newspaper Representations of Suffragettes in Britain and Ireland’ in A. Bingham and M. Conboy (eds.) Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press. Edinburgh University Press. * with Kaitlynn Mendes

(2017) ‘The working class, reality television and illegitimate cultural labour’ in Andrea Press and June Deery (eds.) Media and Class. Abingdon and New York: Routledge.  * with Helen Wood and Mark Banks

(2016) ‘Dreaming of the ‘good life’: gender, mobility and anxiety in Wanted Down Under’ in R. Moseley, H. Wheatley and H. Wood (eds.) Television for Women: New Directions. Abingdon and New York: Routledge. *with Helen Wood

(2016) ‘Watch the Woman, ‘rogue’ feminism, and 1980s television for women’ in The Past in Visual Culture: Essays on Memory, Nostalgia and the Media. Jefferson: McFarland.

(2016) ‘Introduction’ in K. Mendes (ed.) Gender and the Media (Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies Series). Abingdon and New York: Routledge.* with Kaitlynn Mendes

(2014) ‘Home Comforts? Gender, media, and the family’ in Martin Conboy and John Steel (eds.) The Routledge Companion to British Media History. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, pp. 122-­‐132. *with Kaitlynn Mendes

(2014) ‘”Media virgins versus political lions”: Historicising the gender politics of Question Time’, in L. Mee and J. Walker (eds) Cinema, Television and History. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, pp.182‐199.


Book reviews and other

(forthcoming 2019) ‘Book review: Xenofeminism by Helen Hester’ in Feminist Media Studies.

(2018) ‘The televisual nag: rethinking women’s public voices’, In Media Res. http://mediacommons.org/imr/content/televisual-nag-rethinking-women%E2%80%99s-mediated-public-voices

(2017) ‘Arriving late to the party? Histories of Cultural Studies as resources of hope’ (review essay) in European Journal of Cultural Studies, 20th anniversary special issue.

(2017) ‘Book review: Consumerism on TV by Alison Hulme’ in Journal of Popular Film & Television.

(2016) ‘100 Voices that Made the BBC: Watching at Home’, BBC website. *with Helen Wood

(2016) ‘Book review: Presumed Intimacy: Para-­‐Social Relationships in Media, Society and Celebrity Culture by Chris Rojek’ in LSE Review of Books.

(2015) ‘Talk shows’ in Oxford Bibliographies. Oxford University Press. *with Helen Wood

(2015) ‘Book review: Reality TV by June Deery’ in Sociologica: Italian Review of Sociology Online.

(2013) ‘Book review: “Domesticating the Airwaves”’, in Feminist Media Studies. 13 (1), pp.174-­‐17

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