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Dr Lisa Taylor

About Dr Lisa Taylor

Lisa Taylor is Principal Lecturer in Media. Her interdisciplinary research has focused on practices of class and gender in relation to lifestyle media – in particular UK television programmes about gardening. Her current research interest is about how people respond to and engage with art which is in, or about landscape.

Lisa has published widely in media, film and cultural studies. Her first book (co-authored with Andrew Willis), Media Studies: Texts, Institutions and Audiences (Blackwell, 1999) drew on her extensive experience of teaching in higher education. She studied English Literature and Art as an undergraduate and has an MA in Critical and Cultural Theory (University College, Cardiff). Her PhD (University of Wolverhampton) marked the first scholarly analysis of the relationship between lifestyle media interest in gardening and cultural identities. It was subsequently published as a book A Taste for Gardening: Classed and Gendered Identities (Ashgate, 2008). Drawing on ethnographic data gathered from encounters with gardeners, the book maps a typology of taste arguing that gardening is a classed and gendered practice manifest in specific types of visual aesthetics. Lisa has also written on feminism and popular film, musical stardom and US reality television.

Current Teaching

  • Interpreting New Media.
  • Contemporary Media Studies.
  • Cinematic Identities: Class, Race and Gender.
  • Lifestyle, Media, Identity

Research Interests

Using her experience as an ethnographer of place and aesthetics, she is currently working on an empirical project about art and northern landscape. She hopes to trace an emotional geography of place by exploring how people walk and encounter art in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and on the felt, affective dimensions of response to David Hockney’s recent landscape pieces. Lisa is also currently writing a piece reflecting on the concerns of the Women’s Liberation Movement and on the ‘location’ of the female artist in art history using her work as a feminist print-maker in the 1980s.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (5)

Books (2)

  • Taylor L (2008) A Taste for Gardening. . Ashgate Publishing.
  • Taylor L; Willis A (1999) Media Studies. . Wiley-Blackwell.

Chapters (4)

  • Taylor LJ (2012) I'm a Girl: I Should be a Princess: Aesthetic Innovation and Middle-Class Entitlement in The Hills.. In: Taylor LJ Reality Television and Class. : British Film Institute, pp. 119-131.
  • Taylor LJ (2008) From Ground-Force to Garden-Marking: How Ordinary Gardeners Consume Lifestyle Television Aesthetics. In: Taylor LJ Buying for the home. : Ashgate Pub Co, pp. 183-197.
  • Taylor LJ (2005) It was Beautiful Before you Changed it all: The Transformative Aesthetics of the Make-over in the Garden Lifestyle Media. In: Taylor LJ Ordinary Lifestyles: Popular Media, Consumption and Taste. : Open University Press, pp. .
  • Taylor LJ (2004) Baby I'm a Star: Towards a Political Economy of the Artist Formerly Known as Prince'. In: Taylor LJ Film Stars: Hollywood and Beyond. : Manchester University Press, pp. 158-173.
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