Photo of Sue ThornhamSue Thornham
Emeritus Professor
Subject area: Film

Selected publications


Thornham, Sue (2022) Women’s time and the cinema of Marleen Gorris. Feminist Theory. pp. 1-7. ISSN 1464-7001

Thornham, Sue (2022) All body? Transformation, generic codes and embodied memory in Karyn Kusama’s Destroyer (2018). Women: a cultural review. pp. 1-20. ISSN 0957-4042

Thornham, Sue (2022) Breathing spaces? The politics of embodiment, affect, and genre in Mare of Easttown and Happy Valley. Feminist Media Studies. pp. 1-15. ISSN 1468-0777

Thornham, Sue (2020) Impossible subjects? In search of the maternal subject in Stories we tell (Polley 2012) and The arbor (Barnard 2010). Women: A Cultural Review, 31 (3). pp. 259-282. ISSN 0957-4042

Thornham, Sue (2020) Undoing violent masculinity: Lynne Ramsay’s You were never really here (2018). Feminist Media Studies. ISSN 1468-0777

Thornham, Sue (2019) ‘I’m not your mother’: British social realism, neoliberalism and the maternal subject in Sally Wainwright’s Happy Valley (BBC1 2014-2016). Feminist Theory, 20 (3). pp. 299-319. ISSN 1464-7001

Thornham, Sue (2019) Beyond Bluebeard: feminist nostalgia and Top of the Lake (2013). Feminist Media Studies, 19 (1). pp. 102-117. ISSN 1468-0777

Thornham, Sue (2017) Reflections on equality, diversity and gender at the end of a media studies headship. Television and New Media, 18 (7). pp. 689-696. ISSN 1527-4764

Thornham, Sue (2016) Space, place and realism: Red road and the gendering of a cinematic history. Feminist Media Histories, 2 (2). pp. 133-154. ISSN 2373-7492

Thornham, Sue (2016) ‘Not a country at all’: landscape and Wuthering Heights. Journal of British Cinema and Television, 13 (1). pp. 214-231. ISSN 1743-4521

Thornham, Sue (2015) On 'Visual pleasure and narrative cinema'. Feminist Media Studies, 15 (5). pp. 881-884. ISSN 1468-0777

Thornham, Sue (2013) 'A hatred so intense…' 'We need to talk about Kevin', postfeminism and women’s cinema. Sequence: serial studies in Media, Film and Music, 2 (1). ISSN 2052-3033

Thornham, Sue (2010) Unbridgeable gaps. Psychoanalysis Culture and Society, 15 (4). pp. 385-392. ISSN 1088-0763

Thornham, Sue and Pengpeng, Feng (2010) 'Just a Slogan': Individualism, post-feminism, and female subjectivity in consumerist China. Feminist Media Studies, 10 (2). 195 -211. ISSN 1468-0777


Thornham, Sue (2019) Spaces of women's cinema: space, place and genre in contemporary women's filmmaking. BFI Bloomsbury, London and New York. ISBN 9781844579129

Thornham, Sue (2012) What if I had been the hero?: investigating women's cinema. British Film Institute, London. ISBN 9781844573639

Book Section

Thornham, Sue (2020) Impossible spaces? Liminal space and cross-generational love in Ann Hui’s A simple life. In: Gwynne, Joel and Richardson, Niall (eds.) Cross generational relationships and cinema. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 215-233. ISBN 9783030400637

Thornham, Sue (2013) Rebranding feminism: post-feminism, popular culture and the Academy. In: Thornham, Helen and Weissman, Elke (eds.) Renewing feminisms: radical narratives, fantasies and futures in Media Studies. I B Tauris, London and New York, pp. 32-46. ISBN 978-1848858251

Thornham, Sue (2011) Media and feminism. In: Curran, James (ed.) Media and society. Bloomsbury, London, pp. 63-82. ISBN 9780340984451

Thornham, Sue (2008) 'The importance of memory': an interview with Ai Xiaoming. In: Austin, Thomas and de Jong, Wilma (eds.) Rethinking documentary: new perspectives, new practices. Open University Press, Buckingham, pp. 178-188. ISBN 9780335221912

Edited Book

Bassett, Caroline (2009) The media studies: a reader. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh. ISBN 9780748637843