LARC Studentship winning doctoral candidate, and undergraduate lecturer, Natasha Parcei celebrates her first research output in a scholarly collection of work on gender in modern horror on television. In the start of a promising research portfolio, Natasha’s chapter considers the way older women are presented in this genre by investigating the characters played by Jessica Lange in the first four seasons of hit TV show American Horror Story. With more research due to be published this autumn, watch this space for the latest on ageing and stardom on screen.

Natasha Parcei

Natasha Parcei is the recipient of the first fully funded PhD Research Studentship at the Northern Film School awarded by Leeds Beckett University. Natasha has previously completed both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in the discipline of English Literature at the University of Huddersfield. Her current research investigates the representation of older women in recent British Cinema. This inter-disciplinary project combines the academic fields of critical film theory, cultural studies, and social gerontology to enable a study which acknowledges the numerous different aspects of such a topic. This will create an authoritative account of the images of this demographic appearing on our cinema screens. Alongside her doctoral studies she teaches undergraduate film theory at The Northern Film School, and is involved in the organisation of a number of academic conferences.

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