School of Media and Performing Arts


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Dr Rebecca Janicker

  • Qualifications: MA, MSc, PgDip., BSc (Hons)
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer (Film and Media)
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5704
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  • Department: School of Media and Performing Arts
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries


As an undergraduate I studied for a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Philosophy at the London School of Economics. After this, I moved to the University of Nottingham where I completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology, then an MSc in Occupational Psychology. Moving into the field of American Studies, I gained an MA in American Studies (Lit.) and received my PhD, on haunting in popular American Gothic fiction, in 2014. Over the last few years, I have lectured on Hollywood Cinema and American Genres at the University of Winchester, as well as teaching on a range of undergraduate units on the Media and Film degree programmes at the University of Portsmouth. I have held a permanent teaching position at Portsmouth since 2009 and have been Course Leader for the BA Film and Television Studies since 2011.

Teaching Responsibilities

In my role as Course Leader for the BA Film and Television Studies, I am Unit Co-ordinator for both of the core Level 4 units for this degree programme, ‘Screen Study Skills’ and ‘Screen Research’, delivering all the lectures and running all the seminars and workshop sessions. Also at Level 4, I run seminars for the units ‘Spectacular Hollywood’ and ‘Studying Film’. At Level 5, I lecture on the units ‘Critical Hollywood’ and ‘Researching Genre’. At Level 6, I am Unit Co-ordinator and lecturer for ‘Representing Science in the Media’ and I also lecture on ‘Researching Animation’. In addition to these responsibilities, I supervise both undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.


My doctoral thesis, entitled ‘Halfway Houses: Liminality and the Haunted House Motif in Popular American Gothic Fiction’, was published by McFarland in early 2015. In addition to presenting regularly at conferences, particularly in the USA, I have published in the field of American Gothic and horror – including authors such as H.P. Lovecraft, Robert Bloch, Richard Matheson and Stephen King – in Extrapolation, U.S. Studies Online and The European Journal of American Culture, as well as in various edited collections. Recently, my research in this area has begun to encompass horror adaptations for cinema and comics, as well as transmedia haunting, and I have several publications forthcoming in these areas.


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