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Professor of Language and Culture

I teach mainly on BA (Hons) English, where I specialise in English Language, particularly sociolinguistics. I specialise in language and gender, particularly masculinities and femininities, and also sexuality. This intersects with my other research into children's fictions, particularly books for younger readers. I am also interested in media discourses and how politeness theory can be applied to unscripted media texts.


Teaching and supervision

I teach at all levels, from Foundation to PhD, across all the English Language subjects. I have supervised several PhD thesis which were in the areas of gender, racism, and children's fictions.

Research interests for potential research students

I am interested in supervising students who have an interest in politeness theory, gender, and media discourses.

Research

My research is linked to my teaching in that one feeds into the other. I have particular interests in gender and have written extensively on this topic. I am co-editor of the Bloomsbury International Library of Gender in Popular Culture. I am one of the convenors of the Ross Priory International Broadcast Talk Seminar Group. I have a developing research interest in how food is communicated, and I'm a member of a European group that is exploring this from an interdisciplinary perspective: FoodKom. 

Publications

Number of items: 87.

Article

Smith, Angela and Higgins, Michael (2022) Mask communication: the development of the face covering as a semiotic resource through government public health posters in England and Wales. Discourse, Context and Media, 50. pp. 1-11. ISSN 2211-6958

Smith, Angela (2021) Angels, Monsters, and Zombies: Defining Us and Them in First World War Poetry and Art. The Revenant, 7. pp. 44-68. ISSN 2397-8791

Angela, Smith and Michael, Higgins (2021) Mute force and ignorance: incivility and gender in Scotland. Politics Quarterly. ISSN 1532-4400

Andersson, Helen and Smith, Angela (2021) Flags and fields: a comparative analysis of national identity in butter packaging in Sweden and the UK. Social Semiotics. ISSN 1035-0330

Smith, Angela and Higgins, Michael (2020) Tough guys and little rocket men: @RealDonaldTrump's Twitter feed and the normalisation of banal masculinity. Social Semiotics. ISSN 1035-0330

Smith, Angela (2020) Clean eating's surprising normalisation: the case of Nigella Lawson. Discourse, Context and Media. ISSN 2211-6958

Smith, Angela and Higgins, Michael (2020) The mediated communication of gender and equality in contemporary politics: from equality of representation to the re-emergence of the masculine. Journal of Language and Politics, 19 (1). ISSN 1569-2159

Smith, Angela (2020) Just call me Dave: David Cameron's perilous populist status. Journal of Language and Politics. ISSN 1569-2159

Smith, Angela (2019) "How the hell did this get on tv?" Naked dating shows as the final taboo on mainstream tv. European Journal of Cultural Studies. ISSN 1367-5494

Smith, Angela (2017) Bulging biceps and tender kisses: the sexualisation of fatherhood. Social Semiotics. ISSN 1035-0330

Smith, Angela and Higgins, Michael (2016) Flirtation, desire and cut-glass biscuit barrels: forms of expertise on Antiques Road Trip. Discourse, Context and Media.

Smith, Angela and Higgins, Michael (2016) Flirtation, desire,and cut-glass biscuit barrels:Forms of expertise in Antiques Road Trip. Discourse, Context and Media, 14. pp. 1-8. ISSN 2211-6958

Drake, Philip and Smith, Angela (2016) Belligerent broadcasting, male antiauthoritarianism and anti-environmentalism: the case of Top Gear (BBC, 2002–2015). Environmental Communication, 10 (6). pp. 689-703. ISSN 1752-4032

Smith, Angela (2015) Mediated political masculinities: the commander-in-chief vs. the new man. Social Semiotics. ISSN 1035-0330

Smith, Angela (2014) Letting Down Rapunzel: feminism's effects of fairy tales. Children's Literature in Education, 46 (4). pp. 424-437. ISSN 0045-6713

Smith, Angela and Higgins, Michael T. (2014) Disaffiliation and Belonging: Twitter and its agnostic publics. Sociologia e Politiche Sociali,, 17 (2). pp. 77-89. ISSN 1591-2027

Smith, Angela and Higgins, Michael T. (2014) Belligerent broadcasting: antagonism in media talk. SemiotiX New Series, XN (12). ISSN 1916-7296

Smith, Angela and Higgins, Michael (2013) "My husband, my hero": selling the political spouses in the 2010 general election. Journal of Political Marketing, 12 (2-3). pp. 197-210. ISSN 1537-7857 print/ 1537-7865 online

Smith, Angela and Higgins, Michael (2012) Introduction: Reporting war – history, professionalism and technology. Journal of War and Culture Studies, 5 (2). pp. 131-136. ISSN 1752 6272

Smith, Angela and Higgins, Michael (2012) Strategy, evasion and performance in the live two-way: Kate Adie reporting from Iraq for the BBC. Journal of War and Culture Studies, 5 (2). pp. 203-218. ISSN 1752 6272

Smith, Angela and Higgins, Michael (2012) The convenient ambiguity of 'tone': Style and the politics of witnessing in Kate Adie's reporting of the Dunblane tragedy. Journalism. ISSN 1464-8849

Smith, Angela, Higgins, Michael, Montgomery, Martin and Tolson, Andrew (2011) Belligerent broadcasting and makeover television: professional incivility in Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. International Journal of Cultural Studies. ISSN 1367-8779

Smith, Angela and Higgins, Michael (2011) Not one of U.S.: Kate Adie's report of the 1986 US bombing of Tripoli and its critical aftermath. Journalism Studies, 12 (3). pp. 344-358. ISSN 1461-670X

Smith, Angela (2010) Discourses of morality and truth in social welfare: the surveillance of British widows of the First World War. Social Semiotics, 20 (5). pp. 519-535. ISSN 1035-0330

Smith, Angela (2010) Lifestyle television programmes and the construction of the expert host. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 13 (2). pp. 191-205.

Smith, Angela (2008) 'New man or son of the Manse?' Gordon Brown as a reluctant celebrity father. British Politics, 3 (4). pp. 556-575. ISSN 1746-918X

Smith, Angela (2008) 'The girl behind the man behind the gun': women as carers in recruitment posters of the First World War. Journal of War and Culture Studies, 1 (3). pp. 223-241. ISSN 1752-6272

Smith, Angela (2006) Paddington Bear: a case study of immigration and otherness. Children's Literature in Education, 37 (1). pp. 35-50. ISSN 0045-6713

Smith, Angela (2002) Pitied but Distrusted: a critical discourse analysis of British widows of the First World War. Quaderns de Filologia, Estudis Linguistics, vii. pp. 145-161. ISSN 1135-4178

Book Section

Smith, Angela (2022) Tabloid television. In: The Sage Encyclopaedia of Journalism. Sage, Thousand Oaks, pp. 1594-1597. ISBN 9781544391151

Smith, Angela (2020) “Enough of this PC-crazed Nonsense”: The Backlash Against Gender Equality as Personified by Emma Watson. In: Gender Equality in Changing Times: Multidisciplinary reflections on struggles and progress. Palgrave, London, pp. 131-151. ISBN 9783030265694

Atkinson, Stephanie (2020) Female Role Models in a Male-Dominated Workplace: Do We Still Need Their Influence Today? In: Gender Equality in Changing Times Multidisciplinary Reflections on Struggles and Progress. Palgrave, pp. 17-38. ISBN 9783030265700

Janfeshar Nobari, Juila and Armstrong, Paul-Alan (2020) Prisoners of Inclusivity: Perspective on Spirituality, Humanism and Place. In: Gender Equality in Changing Times Multidisciplinary Reflections on Struggles and Progress. Palgrave. ISBN 9783030265700

Smith, Angela (2020) Introduction to Gender Equality in Changing Times. In: Gender Equality in Changing Times: Multidisciplinary reflections on struggles and progress. Palgrave, London, pp. 1-14. ISBN 9783030265694

Smith, Angela (2020) Male stereotypes: the sexy dad and the caring father. In: International Encyclopedia of Gender, Media and Communication. John Wiley & Sons Inc. ISBN 9781119429104

Smith, Angela, Montgomery, Martin and Higgins, Michael (2019) Political offensiveness in the mediated public sphere: The performative play of alignments. In: Media and the Politics of Offence. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, pp. 23-46. ISBN 978-3-030-17574-0

Smith, Angela (2018) Gender in "crisis", everyday sexism and the Twittersphere. In: Crisis and the Media. Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture (76). John Benjamins, Amsterdam, pp. 231-260. ISBN 9789027200341

Chambers, Donna and Worrall, Rob (2017) The frontiers of sisterhood: representations of black feminism in Spare Rib (1972-1979). In: Re-reading Spare Rib. Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 159-178. ISBN 978-3-319-49309-1

Kerr-Koch, Kathleen (2017) On the Road: Spare Rib, Liberation and Women’s Writing. In: Re-reading Spare Rib. Springer, pp. 213-230. ISBN 978-3-319-49310-7

Bryans, Trish, Fraser, Helen and Armstrong, Paul-Alan (2017) Workplace - Women's Place? In: Re-reading Spare Rib. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 99-118. ISBN 978-3-319-49309-1

Quaid, Sheila (2017) Reflections on Reading Spare Rib: Personal and Political. In: Re-reading Spare Rib. Palgrave macmillan. ISBN 978-3-319-49309-1

Smith, Angela (2015) Big sister tv: bossiness, bullying and banter in early twenty-first century make-over television. In: Twenty-first Century Feminism: forming and performing femininity. Palgrave, London, pp. 41-65. ISBN 9781137492845

Smith, Angela (2015) Introduction to Twenty-first Century Feminism: forming and performing femininity. In: Twenty-first Century Feminism: forming and performing femininity. Palgrave, London, pp. 1-16. ISBN 9781137492845

Smith, Angela (2013) From girl power to lady power?: Postfeminism and Ladette to Lady. In: Naked Exhibitionism: Gendered performance and public exposure. I.B. Tauris, London, pp. 137-164. ISBN 10 1848858523

Smith, Angela (2013) Naked Exhibitionism: Introduction. In: Naked Exhibitionism: Gendered performance and public exposure. I.B. Tauris, London, pp. 1-18. ISBN 10 1848858523

Smith, Angela (2011) Femininity repackaged: postfeminism and Ladette to Lady. In: Women on Screen: feminism and femininity in visual culture. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 167-184.

Smith, Angela (2009) Tabloid television. In: Encyclopedia of journalism. SAGE Publications, London, pp. 1365-1368.

Smith, Angela (2008) Top Gear as a bastion of male heterosexuality. In: Popular Media and communication: essays on publics, practices and processes. Cambridge Scholars Press, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, pp. 82-101. ISBN 1-84718-626-2

Smith, Angela and Quaid, Sheila Introduction to Re-Reading Spare Rib. In: Re-Reading Spare Rib. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 1-20. ISBN 978-3-319-49310-7

Smith, Angela Styling feminism: the view from Spare Rib. In: Re-Reading Spare Rib. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 119-136. ISBN 978-3-319-49310-7

Conference or Workshop Item

Smith, Angela (2018) Slow TV: the mesmerising antidote to political maelstroms. In: 26th Ross Priory International Broadcast Talk Seminar, 16-18 Jul 2018, Ross Priory, Scotland. (Unpublished)

Smith, Angela (2018) Hypermasculinity, Twitter, and #MAGA. In: Georgetown University Round Table GURT 2018, 09-11 Mar 2018, Georgetown University, Washington, USA. (Unpublished)

Smith, Angela (2017) How the Hell did this get on TV? Naked dating shows as the final taboo on mainstream tv. In: Ross Priory Broadcast Talk Seminar: Ross Priory, 3-6 Jul 17, Ross Priory, Balloch, Scotland. (Unpublished)

Smith, Angela (2016) ‘Sincerity, authenticity and broadcast sociability: the case of First Dates’. In: Ross Priory Broadcast Talk Seminar, 8-9 Sep 2016, Hellenic Army Academy, Athens, Greece.

Smith, Angela (2016) ‘Cooking to be happy: Simply Nigella and the rise of mindful cooking’. In: FoodKom Research Seminar, 16-18 Jun2016, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Smith, Angela (2015) Argument as sociability: banter, irony and teasing. In: Orebro University Seminar Series, Nov 2015, Orebro, Sweden.

Smith, Angela (2015) The creation of community in public participation broadcasting. In: Ross Priory Broadcast Talk seminar, 6-9 Jul 2015, Ross Priory, Scotland. (Unpublished)

Smith, Angela (2014) Flirtation, desire and desperation: the shameless strategies of persuasion in Antiques Road Trip. In: Ross Priory Broadcast Talk seminar, 2-4 Jul 2014, Brest, France. (Unpublished)

Smith, Angela (2013) The meaning of live: the persistence of live tv in the digital age. In: Ross Priory Broadcast Talk Seminar hosted by University of Strathclyde, July 2013, Ross Priory, Scotland. (Unpublished)

Smith, Angela (2013) Victory Babies: the State and the Child in the First World War. In: Approaching War: Europe, 16-17 Mar 2013, Newcastle University, UK. (Unpublished)

Smith, Angela (2012) Making a drama out of a crisis: Crimewatch as entertainment tv. In: Ross Priory Broadcast Talk Research Seminar, 12-Jul-2012, Ross Priory, University of Strathclyde. (Unpublished)

Smith, Angela and Higgins, Michael (2011) Evasion and ignorance: the usefulness of live two-ways and the embedded reporter. In: Ross Priory Broadcast Talk seminar, July 2011, Siena, Italy. (Unpublished)

Smith, Angela (2011) "Like any proud young dad”: David Cameron and celebrity fatherhood. In: Mediated politics: the ‘cultural turn’ in political communication research, 8 Oct 2011, University of Leeds, UK. (Unpublished)

Smith, Angela (2011) The girl behind the man behind the gun. In: War and Gender Conference, 12 Mar 2011, Newcastle University. (Unpublished)

Smith, Angela and Higgins, Michael (2010) Emotionality and massacres. In: Ross Priory Broadcast Talk seminar, July 2010, Bertinoro, Italy. (Unpublished)

Smith, Angela (2010) "Hello Kate, are you there?” the early days of the live two-way. In: Diachronic changes in broadcast news research seminar., December 2010, Macau. (Unpublished)

Smith, Angela and Higgins, Michael (2010) Reporting from Tripoli: a comparison of Kate Adie’s reporting of 1986 and John Simpson’s of 2011. In: Communication Studies research seminar, May 2010, LUISS, Rome, Italy. (Unpublished)

Smith, Angela and Higgins, Michael (2009) Belligerent Broadcasting and Business on Television. In: 59th International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference, 21-25 May 2009, Chicago, Illinois, USA. (Unpublished)

Smith, Angela (2009) Big Sister tv? Bullying, banter and humiliation in makeover tv. In: Ross Priory Broadcast Talk seminar: Belligerence in Broadcast Talk, 13-16 Sep 2009, Ross Priory, Strathclyde University, Scotland. (Unpublished)

Smith, Angela (2009) ‘When the knives are out’: Gordon Ramsay as a case study of belligerent broadcasting. In: English research seminar, March 2009, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland. (Unpublished)

Smith, Angela (2008) “New man” or “son of the manse”? Gordon Brown as a reluctant celebrity father. In: 58th Political Studies Association Annual Conference, 1-3 Apr 2008, Swansea University, UK. (Unpublished)

Smith, Angela and Higgins, Michael (2008) Not one of US: the delicate art of impartiality in journalistic practice. In: MeCCSA with AMPE annual conference, 9-11 Jan 2008, Cardiff University. (Unpublished)

Smith, Angela (2007) Confidential enquiries: British widows of the First World War. In: Conference hosted by the Centre for Research into Gender in Culture and Society (GENCAS); The Merry Widow: rethinking widowhood in history, culture and society, 7-9 Jul 2007, University of Wales, Swansea. (Unpublished)

Smith, Angela (2007) Femininity repackaged: postfeminism and Ladette to Lady. In: Feminism and Popular Culture, June 2007, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. (Unpublished)

Smith, Angela (2007) Old lads in new cars? Top Gear as a bastion of heterosexual masculinity. In: MeCCSA with AMPE Annual Conference, 10-12 Jan 2007, Coventry, UK. (Unpublished)

Smith, Angela (2005) Lifestyle television and the construction of the expert host. In: Language, Culture, Communication: third international conference, 23-25 Nov 2005, University of Evora, Portugal. (Unpublished)

Book

Smith, Angela and Higgins, Michael (2020) The Language of Journalism: a multi-genre approach. Second edition. Bloomsbury, London. ISBN 9781501351679

Smith, Angela (2017) Re-Reading Spare Rib. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. ISBN 978-3-319-49310-7

Smith, Angela and Higgins, Michael (2016) Belligerent Broadcasting: Synthetic Argument in Broadcast Talk. Routledge, Abingdon. ISBN 9781472425928

Smith, Angela and Nally, Claire (2015) Twenty-first Century Feminism: forming and performing femininity. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. ISBN 978-1-137-49284-5

Smith, Angela and Nally, Claire, eds. (2015) Twenty-first century feminism: forming and performing femininity. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. ISBN 978137492845

Smith, Angela and Higgins, Michael (2013) The Language of Journalism: a multi-genre perspective. Bloomsbury Acadmic, London and New York. ISBN 978-1-84966-066-2

Smith, Angela and Nally, Claire, eds. (2013) Naked Exhibitionism: Gendered performance and public exposure. I.B. Tauris, London. ISBN 978-1-84885-852-7

Nally, Claire and Smith, Angela (2013) Naked Exhibitionism: gendered performance and public exposure. I.B. Tauris. ISBN 9781848858527

Smith, Angela (2012) Discourses Surrounding British Widows of the First World War. Bloomsbury. ISBN 10-1780932014

Thesis

Smith, Angela (2007) ‘Pitied but distrusted’: Discourses surrounding British widows of the First World War. Doctoral thesis, University of Sunderland.

Artefact

Smith, Angela (2016) Seagull City: Sunderland's Literary and Cultural Heritage. [Artefact]

This list was generated on Sun Dec 4 00:20:04 2022 GMT.
I have particular expertise in politeness theory and its application to unscripted spoken interaction in the media. I am also interested in the integration of social media with traditional media. My particular interest in gender relates to 21st century developments in femininity and masculinity.

Last updated 12 October 2022