David James is a Senior Lecturer and First Year Tutor for the BA (Hons) Film and Media degree.
His research interests include the portrayal of class in British wartime films, British war films of the 1950s, and in British sitcoms of the 1960s, 70s and 80s. He is also interested in (particularly British) Comedy and Light Entertainment and is interested in supervising postgraduate work in these areas.
He was awarded a first class honours degree in Film, Photography ands Graphic Media at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2000 and then. with the help of an AHRC scholarship, completed an MA (with Distinction) in Visual Culture at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2001. He won another full AHRC scholarship to study for a PhD, which was awarded by Manchester Metropolitan University in March 2006 for his thesis on the representation of class in the sitcoms of Perry and Croft.
In conjunction with Dr David Huxley, his current research is based around Music Hall performers and audiences.
Senior Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University
Manchester Metropolitan University, Doctor of Philosophy
Manchester Metropolitan University, MA with Distinction
Manchester Metropolitan University, BA(Hons) 1st Class
'‘Military Class: Hearts and Minds on the Domestic Screen’', book chapter co-authored with Felicity Colman in Johnson, Beth; Forest, David (eds.) ‘Social Class and Television Drama in Contemporary Britain’, Palgrave Macmillan.
'Charlie Chaplin's Red Letter Days: At Work with the Comic Genius (editor), Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, USA.
'Drivel for Dregs: Perceptions of class, race and gender in British music hall 1850-1914:', book chapter co-authored with David Huxley in John Storey (eds.) The Making of British Popular Culture, Routledge.
'When I’m trying to be funny I’m all wrong’: Chaplin in The Red Letter', The Journal of Early Popular Visual Culture, Vol. 11 Issue 3.
'Women used to be funny: Music hall and the threat of cinema, 1911–49, co-authored with David Huxley in The Journal of Early Popular Visual Culture, Vol. 11 Issue 3.
'No other excuse: Race, class and gender in British Music Hall comedic performance 1914–1949', co-authored with David Huxley in Comedy Studies, Vol. 3 no. 1, 17-28.
'Music Hall Reviews',, The Comedy Journal, Journal Vol 2 n2, 190-194.
A Critical Analysis of the Portrayal of ‘Race’ in It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, Journal of British Cinema and Television, December 2009