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Katarina O'Dette

PhD in Film and Television Studies,


Research Summary

Current Status

PhD (full-time)

Research Topic

Contested Genre: Conflicting Genre Discourses on American Fantasy Television

Research Summary

My research examines fantasy television as a contested genre, analysing the often conflicting discourses generated about fantasy's definition and generic status by different stakeholders. The project focuses on channels, television writers, and Over-the-Top streaming services as genre stakeholders in the United States post-2000, and examines how the contestation created by stakeholder disagreements shapes our understanding of genre.

Research Interests

  • Genre Theory
  • Media Industry Studies
  • Fantasy Theory
  • Promotional Industries
  • Online TV

Research Supervisors

  • Dr Liz Evans
  • Prof Roberta Pearson

Primary Funding Source

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship for Research Excellence (International)

Administrative Experience

  • Mapping the Impossible: Journal for Fantasy Research, Editor-in-Chief, 2022 - present
  • Glasgow International Fantasy Conversations Organising Committee, 2017 - present
  • CYMERA Academic Strand Curator, 2019

Teaching Experience

  • Guest Seminar Leader, 'Fantastic Texts and Where to Find Them,' June 2021 - present
  • Teaching Affiliate, 'Understanding Cultural Industries,' University of Nottingham, September 2019 - January 2020
  • Guest Seminar Leader, 'Fantasy Across Media,' University of Glasgow, February 2018 - present

Conference Papers & Presentations

  • The Contested Genre: Conflicting Genre Discourses on American Fantasy Television, Symposium on Fantasy and the Fantastic, Glasgow, May 2019
  • Hanging Lampshades on Emotional Vampires: Anti-Escapist Techniques of American Fantasy Television, Glasgow International Fantasy Conversations, Glasgow, April 2018

Recent Publications

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