Prof Will Brooker

Position: Professor
School: Perf and Screen Studies
Extension: 62579
Location: Room PR MB 3044, Main Building, Penrhyn Road


Will Brooker studied BA (Hons) Film and English at the University of East Anglia, then a postgraduate diploma in Communications, with a specialism in 16mm film making, at Goldsmiths College. While teaching part-time at FE colleges, he studied part-time on the Film and Television MA at Westminster, and then in 1996 gained a scholarship for PhD study at Cardiff University.

Brooker's doctoral thesis, a cultural history of Batman from 1939-1999, was published as the monograph Batman Unmasked, and attracted significant media attention.

He was employed at Richmond, The American International University in London, from 1999-2005, as an Associate Professor of Communication, and during that time published widely, including the monographs Using the Force and Alice's Adventures, and the edited collections The Audience Studies Reader and The Blade Runner Experience.

Brooker was appointed at Kingston in 2005 as Field Leader in Film. He subsequently took the broader role of Field Leader (later Director of Studies) of Film and Television, and was promoted to PL. In 2009 he was promoted to Reader and became the Director of Research for Film and Television, also publishing a BFI Film Classics volume on Star Wars that year.

Brooker's most recent monograph, Hunting the Dark Knight, was published in 2012. He was appointed as the first British editor of Cinema Journal in early 2013 and was promoted to Professor in May of that year.

Educational and professional qualifications

1999 PhD Cultural Studies , Cardiff University
1996 MA Film and TV , Westminster University
1992 PG Dip. , Communication and Film
1991 BA (Hons.) , Film and Literature

Professional experience (post-1990)

2005-2009 Director of Studies, Film and Television, Kingston University, London
1999-2005 Associate Professor in Communications, Richmond University, Richmond, Surrey
1996-1998 Seminar Tutor for undergraduate BA modules, Cardiff University, Wales
1995-1996 Course Leader, Media Studies, South Thames College of Further Education, Wandsworth
1992-1995 Lecturer, Media Studies, West Kent College of Further Education, Tonbridge

Research areas

Film and Television

Research outputs

Number of items: 41.


Brooker, Will (2016) Alice's evidence: Examining the cultural afterlife of Lewis Carroll in 1932. Cultural History, 5(1), pp. 1-25. ISSN (print) 2045-290X

Brooker, Will and Hughes, Rebecca (2016) Being Bowie. NECSUS : European journal of media studies, ISSN (print) 2215-1222

Brooker, Will (2012) Cloaked in shadow: an anti-hero for our times. Film review of: 'The Dark Knight rises' directed by Christopher Nolan. Times Higher Education(2,059), pp. 44-45. ISSN (print) 0049-3929

Brooker, Will (2011) Hero of the beach: Flex Mentallo at the end of the worlds. Journal of Graphic Novels & Comics, 2(1), pp. 25-37. ISSN (print) 2150-4857

Brooker, Will (2010) 'Now you're thinking with portals': media training for a digital environment. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 13(6), pp. 553-573. ISSN (print) 1367-8779

Brooker, Will (2009) All our variant futures: the many narratives of Blade runner: the final cut. Popular Communication, 7(2), pp. 79-91. ISSN (print) 1540-5702

Brooker, Will (2009) Camera-eye, CG-eye: videogames and the 'cinematic'. Cinema Journal, 48(3), pp. 122-128. ISSN (print) 0009-7101

Brooker, Will (2009) Maps of many worlds: remembering computer game fandom in the 1980s. Transformative Works and Cultures, 2, ISSN (online) 1941-2258

Brooker, Will (2005) Book review of 'A short history of cultural studies' by John Hartley. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 8(1), pp. 122-125. ISSN (print) 1367-8779

Brooker, Will (2005) "It is love": the Lewis Carroll Society as fan community. American Behavioral Scientist, 48(7), pp. 859-880. ISSN (print) 0002-7642

Brooker, Will (2004) Book review of 'Matters of gravity: special effects and supermen in the 20th century' by Scott Bukatman. Popular Communication, 2(3), pp. 171-177. ISSN (print) 1540-5702

Brooker, Will [Reviewer] (2003) Film Review of: A galaxy far away, directed by Tariq Jalil. Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, 14(1), pp. 102-105. ISSN (print) 0897-0521

Brooker, Will (2001) Book review of 'Inside subculture: the postmodern meaning of style' by David Muggleton. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 4(1), pp. 111-127. ISSN (print) 1367-8779

Brooker, Will (2001) Living on Dawson's Creek: teen viewers, cultural convergence and television overflow. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 4(4), pp. 456-472. ISSN (print) 1367-8779

Brooker, Will (2001) Readings of racism: interpretation, stereotyping and The Phantom Menace. Continuum: journal of media and cultural studies, 15(1), pp. 15-32. ISSN (print) 1030-4312


Brooker, Will (2017) Forever Stardust : David Bowie across the Universe. London, U.K. : I B Tauris. 256p. ISBN 9781784531423 (In Press)

Pearson, Roberta , Uricchio, William and Brooker, Will, eds. (2015) Many more lives of The Batman. London, U.K. : British Film Institute. 248p. ISBN 9781844577651

Brooker, Will (2012) Hunting the Dark Knight: Batman in Twenty-first Century Popular Culture. London, U.K. : I.B. Tauris. 272p. ISBN 9781848852792

Brooker, Will (2009) Star Wars. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. 96p. (BFI film classics) ISBN 1844572773

Brooker, Will (2004) Alice's adventures: Lewis Carroll in popular culture. New York; London : Continuum. 380p. ISBN 0826414338

Brooker, Will, ed. (2004) The Blade Runner experience: the legacy of a science fiction classic. London, U.K. : Wallflower Press. 250p. ISBN 1904764304

Brooker, Will and Jermyn, Deborah, eds. (2003) The audience studies reader. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. 347p. ISBN 0415254345

Brooker, Will (2002) Using the force: creativity, community and Star Wars fans. New York, U.S. : Continuum. 254p. ISBN 0826452876

Brooker, Will (2001) Batman unmasked: analyzing a cultural icon. London, U.K. : Continuum. ISBN 0826413439

Book Section

Brooker, Will (2015) Batgirl : continuity, crisis and feminism. In: Pearson, Roberta , Uricchio, William and Brooker, Will, (eds.) Many more lives of the Batman. London, U.K. : British Film Institute. ISBN 9781844577651

Brooker, Will (2015) Fifth-dimensionsal Batman : an interview with Grant Morrison. In: Pearson, Roberta , Uricchio, William and Brooker, Will, (eds.) Many more lives of the Batman. London, U.K. : British Film Institute. pp. 43-52. ISBN 9781844577651

Pearson, Roberta, Uricchio, William and Brooker, Will (2015) Introduction : revisiting the Batman. In: Pearson, Roberta , Uricchio, William and Brooker, Will, (eds.) Many more lives of the Batman. London, U.K. : British Film Institute. pp. 1-10. ISBN 9781844577651

Brooker, Will (2015) Time again : the David Bowie chronotope. In: Cinque, Toija , Moore, Christopher and Redmond, Sean, (eds.) Enchanting David Bowie : space time body memory. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 87-102. ISBN 9781628923049

Brooker, Will (2014) Going pro: gendered responses to the incorporation of fan labour as user-generated content. In: Mann, Denise, (ed.) Wired TV: laboring over an interactive future. New Brunswick, U.S. : Rutgers University Press. pp. 72-97. ISBN 9780813564548

Brooker, Will (2013) Talking to the TARDIS: Doctor Who, Neil Gaiman and cultural mythology. In: Mellor, David and Hills, Matt, (eds.) New dimensions of ‘Doctor Who’: exploring space, time and television. London, U.K. : I.B.Tauris. (Reading Contemporary Television) ISBN 9781845118662

Brooker, Will (2009) Television out of time: watching cult shows on download. In: Pearson, Roberta, (ed.) Reading Lost: perspectives on a hit television show. London, U.K. : I. B. Tauris. pp. 51-72. ISBN 1845118367

Brooker, Will (2007) A sort of homecoming: fan viewing and symbolic pilgrimage. In: Gray, Jonathan , Sandvoss, Cornel and Harrington, C. Lee, (eds.) Fandom: identities and communities in a mediated world. New York, U.S. : New York University Press. pp. 149-164. ISBN 9780814731826

Brooker, Will (2006) The best Batman story: The dark knight returns. In: McKee, Alan, (ed.) Beautiful things in popular culture. Oxford, UK : Blackwell. pp. 33-48. ISBN 1405131918

Brooker, Will (2004) The Blade Runner experience: pilgrimage and liminal space. In: Brooker, Will, (ed.) The Blade Runner experience: the legacy of a science fiction classic. London, UK : Wallflower Press. pp. 11-30. ISBN 1904764304

Brooker, Will (2004) Introduction: 2019 vision. In: Brooker, Will, (ed.) The Blade Runner experience: the legacy of a science fiction classic. London, UK : Wallflower Press. pp. 1-10. ISBN 1904764304

Brooker, Will (2004) Living on Dawson's Creek: teen viewers, cultural convergence, and television overflow. In: Allen, Robert C. and Hill, Annette, (eds.) The television studies reader. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 569-580. ISBN 9780415283243

Brooker, Will (2004) New hope: the postmodern project of Star Wars. In: Redmond, Sean, (ed.) Liquid metal: the science fiction film reader. London, U.K. : Wallflower. pp. 298-307. ISBN 1903364876

Brooker, Will (2003) Conclusion: overflow and audience. In: Brooker, Will and Jermyn, Deborah, (eds.) The audience studies reader. Abingdon, UK : Routledge. pp. 322-334. ISBN 0415254345

Brooker, Will (2003) Rescuing Strange days: fan reaction to a critical and commercial failure. In: Jermyn, Deborah and Redmond, Sean, (eds.) The cinema of Kathryn Bigelow: Hollywood transgressor. London, U.K. : Wallflower. pp. 198-219. ISBN 1903364426

Brooker, Will (2002) Book Review of 'Straight reading, resistance, reappropriation, and heterosexuality' by Richard Bradshaw. In: Hague, Angela and Lavery, David, (eds.) Teleparody: predicting/ preventing the tv discourse of tomorrow. London, U.K. : Wallflower. pp. 123-126. ISBN 1903364396

Conference or Workshop Item

Brooker, Will (2015) Time again : narrative, history and identity in the work of David Bowie. In: The Stardom and Celebrity of David Bowie; 17-18 Jul 2015, Melbourne, Australia. (Unpublished)

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