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Professor Angela Smith

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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.


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. 
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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 30 September 2021

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