Clara specialises in feminist and queer theories of new media, film and popular culture. She gained her PhD in Screen Studies from the University of Manchester in 2016. She holds a BA in Film Studies (2010) and an MRes in Sexuality and Gender Studies (2011) from the University of Exeter. Before joining King’s in September 2017, Clara taught across the fields of film, media, literature, gender and cultural studies at the Universities of Manchester, Bedfordshire, Westminster and Manchester Met.
Research Interests and PhD Supervision
- Lesbian cinema and media
- Feminist and queer theory
- Digital culture
- Contemporary cinema
- Feminism in popular culture
Her first monograph, Lesbian Cinema after Queer Theory, was published in March 2019 with Edinburgh University Press. Clara’s book explores how the unprecedented increase in lesbian representation over the past two decades has coincided with queer theory’s transformation of the study of sexuality. This paradoxical context has yielded new kinds of cinematic language and radically altered desire’s visual form. Drawing on a provocative theoretical and visual corpus, Lesbian Cinema after Queer Theory reveals the conditions of lesbian legibility in the twenty-first century.
Clara is also interested in the relationship between new media and feminist politics. Her new research project, tentatively titled Feminist Attachments: 21st Century Visual Culture and the Politics of Citation, considers how media transformations have generated contemporary models of feminist citation and reinvigorated commitments to a collective political agenda. This research explores feminist cultural production through new modes of online distribution, the relationship between celebrity culture and activist movements, the cultural and political dynamics of social media and mythologies of US dominance in transnational feminisms.
For more details, please see her full research profile.
Clara Bradbury-Rance teaches in the departments of Liberal Arts and Digital Humanities, offering classes on new media, the history of protest and queer and feminist theories of the body. Her opportunity module, Making the Personal Political: Women and Autobiography from Analogue to Digital, is available to students across the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.
Expertise & Public Engagement
Clara has spoken widely on lesbian cinema at the BFI and Screen 25 (London), the LGBT Foundation, Contact Theatre and HOME (Manchester), and on Gaydio and the BBC. She has published in the international film magazine Sight and Sound. She is on the editorial board of the open access feminist journal MAI: Feminism and Visual Culture. In August 2018 she was on the jury for the Best Feature Award at the London Feminist Film Festival.