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School of History, Philosophy and Culture
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Hannah Yelin joins CMC from UEA’s school of Art, Media and American Studies where she has been undertaking her PhD on the ghostwritten memoirs of young, female celebrities. Prior to this Hannah had a 12 year career in advertising where she worked with organisations ranging from small institutions such as Women’s Aid to behemoths like the BBC. Her research interests cover popular culture, celebrity, gender and self-representation.
Modules taughtI lead (convene) the following modules:U75184 Subject to Culture: Individuality and IdentityThis advanced level double honours module is designed to encourage you to think carefully and critically about your own use and consumption of the objects and artefacts of contemporary culture. We examine theories concerning how cultural factors contribute to our values, our identities, our sense of self. What is it that makes us each a distinct individual, with our own ideas and beliefs, a unique 'self' differentiated from everyone else? Are we, in fact, all unique and different, or are we subject to a variety of social and cultural pressures to which we must submit.U75108 Understanding CultureThis large, first year, survey module introduces participants to key concepts and themes within the study of contemporary culture, including theories of Psychoanalysis, Marxism, Structuralism, Cultural Imperialism and the Politics of Taste. It enables participants to investigate and reflect critically on different aspects of culture, such as Identity, Representation and Power, and to explore the impact of contemporary culture on individuals and society. It investigates how to make sense of cultural artefacts, activities and events, from hairstyles and dance crazes to public intuitions and national symbols. In doing so it presents participants with a range of perspectives and critical skills with which to engage with contemporary culture.U75128 Critical Media LiteraciesThis module develops students’ understanding of critical approaches to media analysis and how media texts construct meaning from individual, cultural and institutional perspectives. From consumer identities in Sex and the City to the sociology of Sci-fi, this module offers opportunities to consider the relationship between the media, culture and the consumer, and to become familiar with some of the chief theorists in the field. The module helps students to develop textual analysis approaches and to understand aspects of the technologies of meaning production. Taught sessions involve students in discussion of key critical ideas, and applying them in the analysis of various media texts including film, television, digital media and the press and cultural sites such as counter-culture, celebrity culture and consumer cultureI teach on the following modules:U75144 Digital Media and Youth IdentitiesThis module investigates issues in digital media use and identity among young people in a range of individual and social contexts. Students will consider how new forms and practices such as mobile phones and SMS, gaming and social networking sites offer new ways of expressing and communicating selfhood, and are shifting perceptions of private and public identity.U75125 Research MethodsThis module provides students with skills in the research methods required to carry out small-scale research projects at university and in the world of work. Consideration will be given to important methodological issues such as sampling, reliability, validity and ethics. Students also learn how to carry out a literature review, a key skill for those undertaking a dissertation in their final year.U75172 Special Topics in Communication, Media and CultureThis module offers students an opportunity to engage in depth with issues in communication, media or culture studies that are the subject of current scholarly and popular interest. The specific contents of the module will be selected yearly to match current open questions in the disciplinary context.
Yelin H, 'Gaga x Richardson as ghosted photo-memoir: exposure, consent, and uncomfortably creeping boundaries' Celebrity Studies (2017) pp.1-4ISSN: 1939-2397 eISSN: 1939-2397Abstract No abstractWebsite
Yelin H, '"A literary phenomenon of the non-literate": classed cultural value, agency and techniques of self-representation in the ghostwritten reality TV star memoir' Celebrity Studies 7 (3) (2015) pp.354-372ISSN: 1939-2397 eISSN: 1939-2397Abstract The wide readership and commercial power of the ghostwritten celebrity memoir are indicative of its cultural significance, yet it remains a critically overlooked, much-derided genre. With some of the most popular texts being associated with female celebrities, both the books and their female author-subjects are ‘bad objects’: viewed as inauthentic due to visible mediation and thus denied authority. This article seeks to demonstrate that, far from being a legitimate means by which to invalidate the genre, the ghostwritten status of celebrity memoir is a source of complexity that rewards critique, and, indeed, makes it an exemplary site for the study of the wider dynamics of the construction and circulation of celebrity. This reading accounts for both the collaborative authorship and the industrial conditions of these texts’ construction without dismissing them as the solely cynical manufacture of corporate merchandise. Contrasting the memoirs of Paris Hilton and Jade Goody (and their respective ghostwriters where visible) offers a productive interplay between polar class positions that enables a reading of the ways in which access to certain capitals inflects the celebrity’s status as subject of her own life story. This shows the ways in which agency in self-representation is multiple and negotiated within gendered parameters.Website
Yelin H, '‘White Trash’ Celebrity: Shame and Display' in Rooks N, Pass V, Weekley A (ed.), Women’s Magazines in Print and New Media, Routledge (2016) ISBN: 9781138679849
ConferencesConferencesConference organisationJune 2015. ‘Consuming/Culture: Women in Print and Digital’ co-organised between University of East Anglia and Oxford Brookes University. 100 delegates in 4 concurrent panels over 2 days. Keynotes: Angela McRobbie and Feona Attwood.June 2014. ‘Containing Multitudes’ 5th Annual American Studies Symposium, University of East Anglia, Norwich.Keynote addressesJune 2016. ‘“White Trash” Celebrity: Shame and Display’, at Celebrity, Prestige and the Cultural Field, University of Portsmouth, UK. Conference presentationsJune 2016. ‘Gaga x Richardson as Celebrity Memoir: Access, Authenticity, & Uncomfortably Creeping Boundaries,’ Celebrity Studies Conference, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.June 2015. ‘The Ghosted Porn Star: multiplatform appetites for access and the female reader/fan’, Fan Studies Network Conference, University of East Anglia, Norwich.Nov 2014. ‘Autobiographical Absences: M.I.A.’s multiplatform performance of terrorist/refugee subjectivities’, Otherness and Transgression in Celebrity and Fandom, Aarhus University, Denmark.Oct 2014. ‘Gaga’s Ghost: The Circulation of the Celebrity Image and the Containment of Disruptive Femininity’, Mediating Desire: Sexuality and Contemporary Media, University of East Anglia, Norwich.June 2014. ‘Celebrity and the Rhizome: Memoirs and Media Webs’, Celebrity Studies Journal Conference, Royal Holloway University of London.Feb 2014. ‘The Politics of Self-Representation in the Visual Memoirs of Lady Gaga and M.I.A.’ Let’s Talk about Sex: Femininities and Masculinities in the Americas, University of East Anglia, British Library, London.Sept 2013. ‘‘White Trash’ Celebrity: Shame and Display’, Gender, Race & Representation in Magazines and New Media, Cornell University, NY.July 2013. ‘Overexposed: Sexual Morality and the ‘White Trash’ Celebrity’, MeCCSA PGN Conference, University of East Anglia, Norwich.April 2013. ‘Authorship and Agency: Rhetoric vs. Content in the Celebrity Memoir’, The F-Word in Contemporary Women’s Writing, Queen’s University, Belfast.Jan 2013. ‘Authoring Authenticity: Scripting Reality in the Celebrity Memoir’, CHASE Gender, Media and Generation Conference, Open University, London.June 2012. ‘Open Secrets: The Perpetual Revelation of Celebrity’, SHAW Women in Magazines Conference, Kingston University, Greater London.
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