Professor Imelda Whelehan Research Professor in English and Gender Studies and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Training) & Dean of Graduate Research at the University of Tasmania and is based in Hobart.
Her research is in the fields of women's writing, feminism, popular culture and literary adaptations. She is the author of Modern Feminist Thought (1995), Overloaded (2000), Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary: A Reader's Guide (2002) and The Feminist Bestseller (2005). She is co-author of Fifty Key Concepts in Gender Studies (with Jane Pilcher, 2004) and Screen Adaptation: Impure Cinema (with Deborah Cartmell, 2010). She has co-edited with Deborah Cartmell, Adaptations: From Text to Screen, Screen to Text (with Cartmell 1999), The Cambridge Companion to Literature on Screen (2007) and Teaching Adaptations (2014). With Joel Gwynne she has co-edited Ageing, Popular Culture and Contemporary Feminism (2014). Ongoing projects include work on post-war Hollywood adaptations, rural romance, Australia and adaptation.
|Degree||Title of Thesis||University||Country||Awarded|
|PhD||American Second Wave Feminisms: The Ethics of Heterogeneity||University of Nottingham||United Kingdom||1993|
|MA||Critical Theory||University of Nottingham||United Kingdom||1985|
|BA (Hons)||English and American Literature||University of Kent||United Kingdom||1984|
Before joining the University of Tasmania Imelda Whelehan was Professor of English and Women's Studies and Faculty Head of Research at De Montfort University in the United Kingdom. She was Co-Director of the Centre for Adaptations.
Imelda's research interests align with the University's research theme of Creativity, Culture and Society. Imelda's research interests are in the areas of Ageing, Arts, Music, Film and Media, Literature, Cultural Diversity, Education, Entertainment, Feminist Policy and Politics, Women's Affairs, Gender and Sexuality.
Imelda has had research funded by the Leverhulme Trust and the British Academy in the UK and the Office of Learning and Teaching in Australia.
She is co-editor of the journalAdaptation(OUP) Associate Editor of Contemporary Women's Writing(OUP) and on the Editorial Boards ofAustralian Feminist Studies and Key Words. She is an Advisory Board member of Feminist Scholarship.
- Chair, Association of Adaptation Studies 2013-present
- Trustee, Association for Adaptation Studies, 2010-present
- Co-Director and co-founder, Centre for Adaptations, De Montfort University 2008-10
- Steering Group Association Adaptation Studies 2006 - 2010
- Member of Contemporary Women's Writing Network Steering Group 2005 – 2010
- Co-founder Contemporary Women's Writing Association
She has been Peer Reviewer for the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the European Research Council.
- Managing projects, managing research teams, research supervision.
- QAA (Quality Assurance Agency, UK) Peer Reviewer
- Discipline Head English (UK)
- Head of Quality Faculty of Arts (UK)
- Head of Research (UK)
- Head of Research students (UK)
- Head of Taught Postgraduate students (UK)
Literary Studies, Popular Fiction, Gender studies, Contemporary Feminist thought, Women and popular culture, Popular Film, Genre, Screen Adaptation
Imelda's teaching experience is in Gender Studies, Women's Studies, English Literature, Feminist Theory, Women's writing, Film Adaptation.
Imelda has taught Contemporary Feminist Thought, Gender and Representation, Literature and Film and special topics in both English and Gender Studies.
Visiting Professor, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
Imelda has been invited to present Conference Papers and Guest Lectures in England, Germany, Turkey, Portugal, Austria, France, Finland, Ireland, and Denmark. She was Invited to give readings and discuss Overloaded at the Spit Lit Women's Literature Festival, Old Spitalfields Market, London and at the Edinburgh Book Festival, Edinburgh.
Gender Studies, Women's Studies, English Literature, Feminist Theory, Women's writing, Film Adaptation, Adaptation In Australian And New Zealand Cinema, Adaptation (Literature), Chick Lit, Neo-Victorian studies, Teaching Adaptations, Feminism and Popular Culture, Media Representations of Ageing, Hollywood Cinemas, Adaptation theory and criticism, British feminism, Gender and Film, Feminist Thought, Post-feminism, Feminism, Popular Culture, Feminist activism, and rural romance.
- Leverhulme Trust Academic Collaboration/International Network Award of £42,500 for Literature on Screen network
- Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship Award of £15,132.00
- British Academy Small Grant £5,000
- Office of Learning and Teaching $160,000
Imelda has recently completed the project, 'Adapt'. The Adapt repository of Open Educational Resources will enhance learning and teaching in Adaptation studies. The project is led by staff from the University of Tasmania, in partnership with Monash University, The University of Queensland and The University of Western Australia and is funded by the Australian Government's Office for Learning and Teaching. Project partners share learning and teaching materials across the disciplines in the Arts and Humanities to encourage the identification of a community of scholars who engage with the study of textual adaptation in a variety of contexts.
She is Project Coordinator of Culture Domain (C-Domain), a research initiative at the University of Tasmania.
Ongoing projects include Australian adaptations, post-war adaptations, an edited collection on the HBO series Girls (with Dr Meredith Nash) and pieces on James Bond, the rise of chicklit and Ladlit and rural romance memoirs.
- British and Irish Literature (200503)
- Culture, Gender, Sexuality (200205)
- Literary Theory (200525)
- Other Literatures in English (200508)
- North American Literature (200506)
- Screen and Media Culture (200212)
- Cinema Studies (190201)
- Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature) (200502)
- Media Studies (200104)
- Algebra and Number Theory (010101)
- Literary Studies (200599)
- Languages and Literature (950203)
- Communication (950299)
- Visual Communication (950205)
- Expanding Knowledge in Languages, Communication and Culture (970120)
- Gender and Sexualities (940113)
- The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) (950104)
- Air Force (810101)
- Understanding Australia's Past (950503)
Imelda written four books and 25 book chapters, co-authored three books, and produced six edited books. She has published seven journal articles in leading international journals in the fields of women's writing, feminism, popular culture and literary adaptations.
Highlighted publications(3 outputs)
|2010||Book||Cartmell D, Whelehan IM, 'Screen Adaptation: Impure Cinema', Palgrave Macmillan, New York, pp. viii, 161. ISBN 9781403985491 (2010) [Authored Research Book]|
|2007||Book||Cartmell D, Whelehan IM, 'The Cambridge companion to literature on screen', Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. xi, 273. ISBN 978-0521614863 (2007) [Edited Book]|
|2005||Book||Whelehan IM, 'The feminist bestseller : from Sex and the single girl to Sex and the city', Palgrave Macmillan, New York, pp. viii, 236. ISBN 9781403911223 (2005) [Authored Research Book]|
Journal Article(4 outputs)
|2010||Whelehan IM, 'Remaking feminism: or why is postfeminism so boring?', Nordic Journal of English Studies (NJES), 9, (3) pp. 155-172. ISSN 1654-6970 (2010) [Refereed Article]|
|2009||Whelehan IM, 'The New Angels in the House? Feminists as New Victorians', L I T: Literature Interpretation Theory, 20, (1-2) pp. 65-78. ISSN 1043-6928 (2009) [Refereed Article]|
|2009||Whelehan IM, 'Teening Chick Lit?', Working Papers on the Web, 13, (September) EJ ISSN 1478-3703 (2009) [Refereed Article]|
|2008||Whelehan I, ''The Bloodless Revolution': Feminism, Publishing and the Mass Media in Weldon's Big Women (1997)', Women: a cultural review, 19, (1) pp. 37-48. ISSN 0957-4042 (2008) [Refereed Article]|
|2014||Cartmell D, Whelehan IM, 'Teaching Adaptations', Palgrave MacMillan, United Kingdom, pp. 199. ISBN 9781137311122 (2014) [Edited Book]|
|2014||Whelehan IM, Gwynne J, 'Ageing, Popular Culture and Contemporary Feminism: Harleys and Hormones', Palgrave Macmillan, United Kingdom, pp. 272. ISBN 978-1-137-37652-7 (2014) [Edited Book]|
|2010||Cartmell D, Whelehan IM, 'Screen Adaptation: Impure Cinema', Palgrave Macmillan, New York, pp. viii, 161. ISBN 9781403985491 (2010) [Authored Research Book]|
|2007||Cartmell D, Whelehan IM, 'The Cambridge companion to literature on screen', Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. xi, 273. ISBN 978-0521614863 (2007) [Edited Book]|
|2005||Whelehan IM, 'The feminist bestseller : from Sex and the single girl to Sex and the city', Palgrave Macmillan, New York, pp. viii, 236. ISBN 9781403911223 (2005) [Authored Research Book]|
Chapter in Book(17 outputs)
|2015||Pini B, Whelehan IM, 'The Feminist and the Cowboy reading 'an unlikely love story'', Feminisms and Ruralities, Lexington Books, B Pini, B Brandth and J Little (ed), United States, pp. 95-104. ISBN 9780739188224 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2015||Whelehan IM, ''The Monstrous Regiment': Literature and the Women's Liberation Movement', The History of British Women's Writing, 1970-Present, Palgrave MacMillan, Eagleton M and Parker E (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 114-129. ISBN 9781137294807 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2015||Whelehan IM, 'Adapting Tasmania: Terrorizing the Past', The Politics of Adaptation: Media Convergence and Ideology, Palgrave Macmillan, Hassler -Foroest, D and Nicklas P (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 158-171. ISBN 9781137443847 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2014||Whelehan I, Sadler D, 'Learning to Share: Adaptation studies and Open Educational resources', Teaching Adaptations, Palgrave Macmillan, D Cartmell and I Whelehan (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 56-70. ISBN 9781137311122 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]|
Co-authors: Sadler D
|2014||Whelehan IM, 'Fiction or Polemic? Transcending the Ageing Body in Popular Women's Fiction', Ageing, Popular Culture and Contemporary Feminism: Harleys and Hormones, Palgrave Macmillan, I Whelehan and J, Gwynne (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 29-46. ISBN 978-1-137-37652-7 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2014||Whelehan IM, 'Representing Women in Popular Culture', The Sage Handbook of Feminist Therory, Sage Publishing Ltd., Evans M, Hemmings C, Henry M, Johnstone H, Madhok S, Plomien A, Wearing S (ed), United States, pp. 232-250. ISBN 9781446252413 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2014||Whelehan IM, Gwynne J, 'Introduction: Popular Culture's 'Silver Tsunami'', Ageing, Popular Culture and Contemporary Feminism: Harleys and Hormones, Palgrave Macmillan, I Whelehan and J Gwynne (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 1-13. ISBN 978-1-137-37652-7 (2014) [Other Book Chapter]|
|2013||Whelehan I, 'Ageing Appropriately: Postfeminist Discourses of Ageing in Contemporary Hollywood', Postfeminism and Contemporary Hollywood Cinema, Palgrave Macmillan, J Gwynne and N Muller (ed), UK, pp. 78-95. ISBN 9781137306838 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2013||Whelehan I, 'Where are we and are we there yet?', The Silk Road of Adaptation: transformations across Disciplines and Cultures, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, L Raw (ed), Newcastle-upon-Tyne, pp. 14-25. ISBN 978-1-4438-4975-3 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2012||Whelehan I, 'Shit and Stringbeans, Boredom and Babies: Bad Mothers in Popular Fiction since 1968', Mediating Moms: Mothers in Popular Culture, McGill-Queens University Press, E Podnieks (ed), Canada, pp. 147-166. ISBN 978-0-7735-3980-8 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2012||Whelehan I, 'Neo-Victorian Adaptations', A Companion to Literature, Film, and Adaptation, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, D Cartmell (ed), West Sussex, UK, pp. 272-291. ISBN 978-1-4443-3497-5 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2010||Whelehan IM, 'All mashed up? Recent Tendencies in Adaptation Criticism', Anglistentag 2009 Klagenfurt: Proceedings of the Conference of the German Association of University Teachers of English, WVT Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier , Jorg Helbig & Rene Schallegger (ed), Trier, Germany, pp. 123-134. ISBN 978-3-86821-259-4 (2010) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2009||Whelehan I, 'Not to be looked at: older women in recent British cinema', British Women's Cinema, Routledge, M Bell & M Williams (ed), London, pp. 170-183. ISBN 9780415466967 (2009) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2007||Whelehan IM, 'Foreword to Second Edition', Third Wave Feminism: a critical exploration, Expanded second edition, Palgrave Macmillan, Stacy Gillis, Gillian Howie, Rebecca Munford (ed), Basingstoke, pp. 3. ISBN 9780230521742 (2007) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2007||Whelehan IM, ''Don't Let's ask for the Moon!': reading and viewing the woman's film', The Cambridge companion to literature on screen, Cambridge University Press, D Cartmell and I Whelehan (ed), Cambridge, pp. 138-153. ISBN 978-0521614863 (2007) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2006||Whelehan IM, 'Did Bridget Jones Really Liberate Us?', Contemporary Literary Criticism: Excerpts from Criticism of the Works of Today's Novelists, Poets, Playwrights, Short Story Writers, Scriptwriters, & Other Creative Writers, Gale Literature Resource Center, Hunter, Jeffrey W (ed), Detroit, United States, pp. 4pp. ISBN 0787679879 (2006) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2005||Cartmell D, Whelehan IM, 'Harry Potter and the Fidelity Debate', Books in Motion: Adaptation, Intertextuality, Authorship, Editions Rodopi BV, Mireia Aragay (ed), Amsterdam, pp. 37-50. ISBN 9042019573 (2005) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2011||Whelehan IM, 'Chicklit and Ladlit', The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction, Volume 1: Twentieth-Century British and Irish Fiction, Brian W. Shaffer (ed), United Kingdom, 1, pp. 68-70 (2011) [Entry]|
|2011||Whelehan IM, 'Feminist Fiction', The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction, Volume 1: Twentieth-Century British and Irish Fiction, Brian W. Shaffer (ed), United Kingdom, 1, pp. 119-122 (2011) [Entry]|
Grants & Funding
Number of grants
- Australian Learning and Teaching Council Ltd ($160,000)
- Administered By
- University Of Tasmania
- Research Team
- Sadler D
- The project aims to identify and develop an Australian community of Adaptation Studies scholars located within a range of disciplines. A repository of Open Educational Resources of teaching and related materials will be developed as a permanent resource that will encourage ongoing cross-disciplinary curriculum renewal and disciplinary reflection through peer reviews of shared content.
- Office for Learning & Teaching ($160,000)
- Grant-Innovation and Development Grants Program
- Administered By
- University of Tasmania
- Research Team
- Whelehan IM; Sadler D; Worth C; Fletcher LM; Bonner F; Jacobs Jason; Shachar H
Imelda has extensive experience of research supervision and examination at both masters and doctoral level. She has supervised projects as diverse as Cult Fiction, Little Red Riding Hood, English Teaching and Critical Theory, neo-Victorian novels, underwear, and adaptation theory. Her current HDR Candidates are researching the final girl in contemporary horror, reality television and creative art, representations of pregnancy, Australian screen adaptation, dark tourism and convict history, gender and sexual health and Australian migrant cinema.
|PhD||Women in Horror: Mothers, Children and the Final Girl||2011|
|PhD||Screening Australian Literature: A Silver Celebration (1988-2013)||2013|
|PhD||A Study of Contemporary Western Attitudes Towards Pregnancy||2013|
|PhD||The role of arts and entertainment and North American culture||2014|
|PhD||'We are one, but we are many': national identity and cross-cultural adaptation in Australian film and fiction since 1950||2014|
|PhD||Turning History into Heritage - interpreting the Founders & Survivors data through the performing arts||2014|
|PhD||Embodied Femininity and Sexual Selfhood in Tasmania||2015|