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Dr Rebecca Saunders

Teaching Fellow in Digital Cultures  

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Tel +44 (0)20 7848 5257
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Rebecca studied for 1st class BA and MA degrees in English Literature at the University of St Andrews and King’s College, London. She undertook her PhD at King’s, a project which was concerned with both the development of pornographic film in digital culture and the relationship between the sexual body and contemporary capitalism. Rebecca has been teaching in both the Digital Humanities and English Departments of King’s for five years. 

Research Interests and PhD supervision

Rebecca’s research interests reflect her background of interdisciplinary study:

  • Digital economies and postindustrial labour
  • Contemporary sexual culture, particularly in digital contexts
  • Modern critical theory, especially (post)feminist, queer and neo-Marxist theory
  • Sexuality and gender in literature and cinema, especially fin-de-siècle lesbian literature and postmodern literature
  • Postcolonial literature


Selected Publications

Articles and Chapters

  • Saunders, R. (forthcoming) ‘Alternative Gonzo and the Problem with Postfeminist Empowerment: The Work of Porn Star Sasha Grey’, Porn Studies, Routledge.
  • Saunders, R. (2016) ‘ “Open Wide and Say ‘Aah’ ”: The Body and the Medical Authority of Pornography’,
    Performing Sexual Liberation: The Sexualized Body and the Medical Authority of Pornography, H. Brunskell-Evans (ed), Cambridge Scholars.  
  • Saunders, R. (2014) ‘The Pornographic Paratexts of Pornhub’, Examining Paratextual Theory and its Applications in Digital Culture, N. Desrochers and D. Apollon (eds), IGI Global. 

Rebecca has been teaching students in the private and public sector for nine years and is committed to student-centred pedagogy and teaching innovation.

She has taught modules at King’s on issues of identity in digital culture, digital economies, big data (surveillance), online subcultures, Renaissance drama, the Victorian novel, Modernism and postcolonial literature.

She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has an award from Cambridge University for teaching English language skills to adults.  

Expertise and public engagement

Rebecca has lectured widely, including talks at the second international Taboo Conference (Durham, in collaboration with Alma Mater Studiorum, Bologna), the Performing Sexual Liberation conference (Leicester) and the Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts conference (Greenwich). She also writes for the blog Notches: The History of Sexuality.

Rebecca is currently arranging two seminar series at King’s College: one provides a digital component to the 2017 anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality. The other is concerned with exploring the twenty-first century concept of the posthuman. 


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