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Biography

Bronwen Thomas has taught on the Communication and Media degree at Bournemouth since 1996 and helped design BA English and MA Literary Media. Bronwen is Director of the Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and Community, and Head of Research for the School of Journalism, English and Communication.

Bronwen's recent publications include a textbook on Narrative (Routledge 2015) based on her experience of teaching on BU, and a co-edited volume of essays on Dialogue Across Media (John Benjamins 2017). Most of her current research interests are based on exploring creativity and storytelling in digital spaces and she is currently writing a book on Literature and Social Media (Routledge 2018).

She has been a Principal Investigator on three AHRC funded projects exploring how digital technologies are transforming reading. The latest, Reading on Screen (www.readingonscreen.co.uk) will capture the experiences of readers making the transition from print to screen through the creation of a series of digital stories...

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Research

My current research involves exploring the impact of new digital technologies (ereaders, tablet computers etc) on readers and reading. I am also interested in how readers use online spaces and social media to discuss their reading and interact with other readers, and in investigating how we might draw on these activities to better engage our students as readers. This research involves working closely with a number of leading academics both in the UK and internationally. I also work closely with students, online and offline communities of readers and stakeholders from the locality, including librarians, teachers and writers.

Favourites

  • Thomas, B. and Round, J., 2016. Moderating readers and reading online. LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE, 25 (3), 239-253.
  • Thomas, B., 2011. What is Fanfiction and Why Are People Saying Such Nice Things About it? StoryWorlds: A Journal of Narrative Studies, 3, 1-24.
  • Page, R. and Thomas, B., 2011. New Narratives: Stories and Storytelling in the Digital Age. Lincoln, NE, USA: University of Nebraska Press.
  • Thomas, B., 2013. 140 Characters in Search of a Story: twitter fiction as an emerging narrative form. In: Ensslin, A. and Bell, A., eds. Analysing Digital Fiction. London: Routledge.
  • Thomas, B., 2014. Highlights and Lowlights: Tracking Reader Response Online. In: IGEL 21 July-25 September 2014 Turin.

Journal Articles

Books

Chapters

  • Thomas, B., 2017. All Talk: Dialogue and Intimacy in Spike Jonze's Her. In: Thomas, B. and Mildorf, J., eds. Dialogue Across Media. John Benjamins, 77-92.
  • Lilleker, D., 2014. Autobiography and Political Marketing: Narrative and the Obama Brand. In: Thomas, B. and Round, J., eds. Real Lives, Celebrity Stories. Bloomsbury.
  • Thomas, B., 2014. Fans Behaving Badly? Real Person Fic and the Blurring of the Boundaries between the Public and the Private. In: Thomas, B. and Round, J., eds. Real Lives, Celebrity Stories: Narratives of Ordinary and Extraordinary People Across Media. Bloomsbury.
  • Kimber, S., 2014. Merging Fact and Fiction: Cult Celebrity, Film Narrative and the Henry Lee Lucas ‘Story’. In: Round, J. and Thomas, B., eds. Real Lives, Celebrity Stories: Narratives of Ordinary and Extraordinary People Across Media.. London: Continuum, 151-167.
  • Thomas, B., 2013. 140 Characters in Search of a Story: twitter fiction as an emerging narrative form. In: Ensslin, A. and Bell, A., eds. Analysing Digital Fiction. London: Routledge.
  • Pullen, C., 2012. Introduction. 1-20.
  • Thomas, B., 2012. The Idea of Dialogue. In: Kinzell, T. and Mildorf, J., eds. Imaginary Dialogues in English: Explorations of a Literary Form. Heidelberg, Germany: Universititatsverlag Winter, 203-220.
  • Page, R. and Thomas, B., 2011. Introduction. 1-16.
  • Thomas, B., 2011. Dialogue. In: Logan, P.M., George, O., Hegeman, S. and Kristal, E., eds. Encyclopedia of the Novel. Wiley-Blackwell, 250-254.
  • Thomas, B., 2011. Trickster Authors and Tricky Readers on the MZD forums. In: Bray, J. and Gibbons, A., eds. Mark Z. Danielewski. Manchester, England: Manchester University Press, 86-102.
  • Thomas, B., 2011. Update Soon! Harry Potter Fanfiction and Narrative as a Participatory Process. In: Page, R. and Thomas, B., eds. New Narratives: Stories and Storytelling in a Digital Age. Lincoln, NE, USA: University of Nebraska Press, 205-219.
  • Thomas, B., 2010. Frame. In: Logan, P.M., George, O., Hegeman, S. and Kristal, E., eds. Encyclopedia of the Novel. Wiley-Blackwell, 320-324.
  • Thomas, B., 2010. Gains and Losses? Writing it All Down: Fanfiction and Multimodality. In: Page, R., ed. New Perspectives on Narrative and Multimodality. London: Routledge, 142-154.
  • Thomas, B., 2007. Dialogue. In: Herman, D., ed. The Cambridge Companion to Narrative. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Thomas, B., 2000. Piecing together a mirage:adapting The English Patient for the screen. In: Sheen, E. and Giddings, B., eds. The Classic Novel: From Page to Screen. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 197-232.

Conferences

  • Thomas, B., 2018. The Literature of the Twittersphere: Issues of context and control in reading spaces on social media. In: Ambient Literature 4-5 May 2017 Bristol.
  • Thomas, B., 2018. Stand out from the Crowd! Literary Advice in Online Communities. In: Lit com: A conference on Literature and Communities 2-3 March 2017 Norwich.
  • Thomas, B., 2018. #amreading: Reading as Display in the Digital Age. In: SHARP: Technology of the Book 9-13 June 2017 Victoria, BC.
  • Thomas, B., 2017. Moderating Readers and Reading Online. In: Internet Rules! Association of Internet Researchers Conference 5-8 October 2016 Berlin, Germany.
  • Thomas, B., 2017. All Together Now: Social Reading in the Digital Age. In: Reading Communities: Past and Present 15 September 2016 London.
  • Thomas, B., 2017. Living in the Now: Real-time narratives of the self on Twitter. In: Narratives of Self in Art and the Everyday 12-13 May 2016 Aarhus, Denmark.
  • Round, J. and Thomas, B., 2016. Moderating readers and readers online. In: Digital Reading Network 19 June 2014 EBC, Bournemouth University.
  • Thomas, B., 2016. Tales from the Timeline: Narrative and Social Media. In: Experimental Narratives 27 February-27 June 2015 London.
  • Thomas, B., 2014. Disguise Online. In: Marginalised Mainstream 28-29 November 2014 London.
  • Thomas, B., 2014. Highlights and Lowlights: Tracking Reader Response Online. In: IGEL 21 July-25 September 2014 Turin.
  • Round, J. and Thomas, B., 2012. Researching Readers Online. In: Digital Humanities Congress 6-8 September 2012 Sheffield.
  • Thomas, B., 2009. Lost in Austen: costume drama meets fanfiction. In: International Conference on Narrative 2009 4-6 June 2009 University of Birmingham, England.
  • Thomas, B., 2008. Update Soon! Harry Potter Fanfiction and Narrative as Participatory Process. In: International Conference on Narrative 1-4 May 2008 Austin, Texas.
  • Thomas, B., 2007. What the Smeg are you Talking About? Speech and Dialogue in Television Fanfiction. In: PALA 2007: Poetics and Linguistics Association Conference:Style and Communication 31 July-4 August 2007 Kansai Gaidai University, Hirakata City, Japan.
  • Thomas, B.. Tolkein on the Tweetdeck: following epic narratives in 'real' time. In: International Association of Literary Semantics July 2010 Genoa.
  • Thomas, B.. All Together Now: Talking About Television on Twitter. In: Poetics and Linguistics Association July 2012 Malta.
  • Thomas, B.. Talk TV: Fictional Dialogue and Television. In: Poetics and Linguistics Association July 2006 Joensuu, Finland.
  • Thomas, B.. A babel of voices. Dialogue in hypertext fiction. In: Poetics and Linguistics Association July 2004 New York.
  • Thomas, B.. The Third Degree: Dialogue in Crime Fiction. In: Poetics and Linguistics Association July 2005 Huddersfield.
  • Thomas, B.. Transmedial Narrative Theory and Slashfiction. In: Poetics and Linguistics Association July 2006 Joensuu, Finland.

Internet Publications

PhD Students

  • Ming Zhang (Slash Fan Fiction in China)
  • Ming Zhang (Slash fiction in China)
  • Alec McAuley (Negotiating Orientalist Representations in Transnational Cinema: Screenwriting in Japan)
  • Tara Douglas (Tales of the Tribes: Animation as a Tool for Indigenous Representation)
  • Phil Mathews (Towards defining the character arc model in screenwriting theory and practice)

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Markets and Audiences, MA Literary Media

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Narrative Structures; New Media Narratives

Invited Lectures

  • Researching and Teaching New Media
  • Ambient Literature Symposium - Invited Panellist for 'Situated Reading'
  • Narrative and Social Media - keynote paper at the Experimental Narratives Conference, SAS, London
  • Keynote speech at the 2014 Marginalised Mainstream conference at Senate House London on 'Disguise Online'
  • 'A Game of Shadows': Rediscovering Literary Classics Through New Media, University of Trier, July 2014

Grants

  • Reading on Screen (Arts and Humanities Research Council, 17 Apr 2017). In Progress
  • Digital Reading Network (AHRC, 01 Jul 2013). Awarded
  • Researching Readers Online (Arts and Humanities Research Council, 01 Feb 2012). Completed

External Responsibilities

  • AHRC Peer Review College, Member

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Southbourne Literary Society
  • Poole Literary Festival

Qualifications

  • PGCE in Further and Higher Education (Bolton Institute of Higher Education, 2010)
  • BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature (University of Birmingham, 1987)
  • MA in The Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Novel (University of East Anglia, 1988)
  • PhD in Dialogue in the Comic Novel (Manchester University, 2005)

Memberships

  • Association of Internet Researchers, Member,
  • European Network of Narratology, Member,
  • Meccsa, Member,
  • Project Narrative, Ohio State University, Associate,
The data on this page was last updated at 04:02 on June 23, 2017.