Lecturer in English, University of Exeter

Dr Lisa Stead is a Lecturer in British and American Cinema. Her research primarily focuses on the relationships between silent and early sound cinema, literature and gender. She has published articles on literature and regional cinemagoing, fan cultures, and film and literary archiving, and is co-editor (with Carrie Smith) of The Boundaries of the Literary Archive (Ashgate 2013). Her monograph titled Film Fictions: Women's Writing, Selfhood and Intermediality in British Interwar Cinema is forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press (2015). The book offers a rich exploration of intermedial fictions and fantasies surrounding the first three decades of UK film culture, giving new understanding to female-created cultures of cinema and their influence on women’s everyday lives through an original exploration of short stories, middlebrow and modernist literature, tabloid criticism and a wealth of ephemera.

Other current research projects include an exploration of the hidden histories of women's creative labour in and around transatlantic exchanges in the interwar film industry, with a case study focus on Vivien Leigh and her dispersed archives. Lisa is also developing a new project centred around the impact of location filming on regional spaces and communities.


  • –present
    Lecturer in English, University of Exeter


  • 2011 
    PhD, University of Exeter
  • 2006 
    MA Film Studies, University of Nottingham
  • 2005 
    BA English and Film, University of Exeter