Dr Penny Chalk
Faculty Student Recruitment Officer
I am currently employed as a Research Associate on the Interreg Project PONToon, with a focus on improving women's economic and social inclusion through the development of digital skills.
My PhD, completed at the University of Portsmouth, was an intertextual study of film production during the Hollywood Studio Era incorporating Literary Studies, Film History and adaptation studies. I have published on the development of film education in 1930s America as well delivering papers at a number of conferences on the production of literary adaptations during the Hollywood Studio Era.
My research interests include film history, intertextuality and gender studies. Conference papers I have delivered include ‘Textual Evolution: Adapting Sherlock Holmes 1899-1942,’ at University of Portsmouth Postgraduate Conference in October 2014, ‘Animating Phiz: An examination of the use of Victorian Illustration in MGM’s David Copperfield (1934),’ at the Association of Adaptation Studies in Oxford in September 2016, and ‘Gothic Transmutation: How Frankenstein was made of many parts,’ at the British Association of Film Television and Screen Studies conference in May 2017. I also presented my research on Sherlock Holmes in a Public Lecture at Chichester Cinema in July 2015.
My current research on the PONToon project relates to female social and economic inclusion, the impact of digital technologies on employment, and the study of gender bias and stereotypes in ICT and digital sectors.
I am currently a Part Time Hourly lecturer in the School of Film Media and Creative Writing offering dissertation support to Film Production students. I previously taught on the Adaptation Studies unit (level 5), Scripting (level 5), and Introduction to Film Studies (level 4).