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Professor Alec Charles is Dean of Arts at the University of Winchester. He has previously served as Head of the School of Arts at the University of Hull, Head of Media at the University of Chester, and Sub-Dean of the Faculty of Creative Arts, Technologies & Science at the University of Bedfordshire. He has also taught at universities in Cornwall, Japan and Eastern Europe (where he also worked as a newspaper journalist), has written and produced cultural documentaries for BBC Radio 3, and continues to act as a media commentator on BBC Radio and to write for the website The Conversation.

He completed his doctorate in the relationship between Modernism and Postmodernism at Oxford University, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has worked as a volunteer schoolteacher in southern Africa and a volunteer librarian at London Zoo, has sung in a rock band in Japan, has directed Twelfth Night in Estonia, has run a journalism training programme in Latvia, has appeared at events supported by the Aesthetica Art Prize, the Cambridge Science Festival, the British Council, the U.S. State Department, the Goethe Institute and the International Taskforce on Holocaust Education and Research, has organized conferences in Tallinn, Chester, Hull and Luton, has presented papers at conferences in Sheffield, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Loughborough, Leicester, Birmingham, London, Bournemouth, Swansea, Bangor, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Limerick, Linkoping, Kaunas, Klaipeda, Tokyo, Melbourne, Rome and Los Angeles. He loves cats and enjoys swimming and cooking vegan food (or, as he calls it, food).

Areas of expertise

  • Modernist and Postmodernist literature
  • Science fiction and horror
  • Social media
  • Journalism
  • Cultural theory


Selected publications include:


  • Charles, A. (2018) Underwords: Re-reading the Subtexts of Modernity. Oxford: Peter Lang.
  • Charles, A. (2016) Political Animals: News of the Natural World. Oxford: Peter Lang.
  • Charles, A. (2015) Out of Time: The Deaths and Resurrections of Doctor Who. Oxford: Peter Lang.
  • Charles, A. (2014) Interactivity 2: New Media, Politics & Society. Oxford: Peter Lang.
  • Charles, A. (2012) Interactivity: New Media, Politics and Society. Oxford: Peter Lang.

Edited collections

  • Charles, A., ed. (2014) The End of Journalism Version 2.0: Industry, Technology and Politics. Oxford: Peter Lang. (Published in Russian translation 2016.)
  • Charles, A., ed. (2013) Media/Democracy: A Comparative Study. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Charles, A., and Stewart, G., eds. (2011) The End of Journalism: News in the Twenty-First Century. Oxford: Peter Lang.
  • Charles, A., ed. (2009) Media in the Enlarged Europe: Politics, Policy and Industry. Bristol: Intellect; Chicago: Chicago University Press.

Journal articles

  • Charles, A. (2015) ‘The intolerant other: representations of the racist in The Sun newspaper, January-December 2013’ in Journalism Education 3:2, 6-26.
  • Charles, A. (2014) ‘Terrorists, rioters and crocodiles: the political symbolism of an Olympic monster’ in British Politics 9:2, 161-181.
  • Charles, A. (2014) ‘Tom Baker’ in Science Fiction Film and Television 14:2, 227-230.
  • Charles, A. (2013) ‘Three characters in search of an archetype: aspects of the trickster and the flâneur in the characterizations of Sherlock Holmes, Gregory House and Doctor Who’ in Journal of Popular Television 1:1, 83-102.
  • Charles, A. (2012) ‘The meta-Utopian metatext: the deconstructive dreams of Ulysses and Finnegans Wake’ in Utopian Studies 23:2, 472-503.
  • Charles, A. (2012) ‘Deer departed: a study of the news coverage of the death of the Exmoor Emperor’ in Journalism Education 1:1, 48-60.
  • Charles, A. (2011) ‘The crack of doom: the uncanny echoes of Steven Moffat’s Doctor Who’ in Science Fiction Film and Television 4:1, 1-24.
  • Charles, A. (2010) ‘The politics of Facebook friendship: the influence of the social structuration of the SNS upon the notion of the political’ in CEU Political Science Journal 5:4, 575-596.
  • Charles, A. (2009) ‘Playing with one’s self: notions of subjectivity and agency in digital games’ in Eludamos 3:2, 281-294.
  • Charles, A. (2009) ‘The electronic state: Estonia’s new media revolution’ in Journal of Contemporary European Research 5:1, 97-113.
  • Charles, A. (2008) ‘War without end?: Utopia, the Family, and the Post-9/11 World in Russell T. Davies’s Doctor Who’ in Science Fiction Studies 35:3, 450-465.
  • Charles, A. (2007) ‘Slavoj Zizek and Alfred Hitchcock: an unlikely alliance’ in Humanities in New Europe 2, 84-92.
  • Charles, A. (2004) ‘Racist, or just animal crackers?’ in British Journalism Review 15:1. 68-72.
  • Charles, A. (1999) ‘Some versions of Dracula’ in Language Issues 5:1, 119-150.

Book chapters

  • Charles, A. (2018) 'Cold comforts: psychical and cultural schisms in The Bridge and Fortitude' in The Routledge International Handbook of Jungian Film Studies, ed. Luke Hockley. London: Routledge. 263-276.
  • Charles, A. (2018) 'The work of narrative in the age of digital interaction: revolutions in practice and pedagogy' in Teaching Narrative, ed. Richard Jacobs. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 155-173.
  • Charles, A. (2017) ‘All LOLs and Trolls’ in UK Election Analysis 2017: Media, Voters and the Campaign, ed. Dan Jackson, Einar Thorsen and Darren Lilleker. London: Political Studies Association. 101.
  • Charles, A. (2016) ‘Boris, Brexit or Bust’ in EU Referendum Analysis 2016: Media, Voters and the Campaign, ed. Dan Jackson, Einar Thorsen and Dominic Wring. London: Political Studies Association. 101.
  • Charles, A. (2015) ‘The spirit of the North: the socio-cultural impact of football in David Peace’s Red or Dead’ in Sport, Media and Regional Identity, ed. Simon Roberts. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 13-28.
  • Charles, A. (2015) ‘The flight from history: from H.G. Wells to Doctor Who and back again’ in Children’s Literature Review Volume 200, ed. Lawrence Trudeau. Farmington Hills: Gale. 79-87.
  • Charles, A. (2015) ‘A difficult task: Sarah Lund and the crime of individuated happiness’ in The Happiness Illusion: How the Media Sells Us Fairytales, ed. Luke Hockley and Nadi Fadina. London: Routledge. 181-198.
  • Charles, A. (2015) ‘The politics of social media’ in UK Election Analysis 2015: Media, Voters and the Campaign, ed. Dan Jackson and Einar Thorsen. London: Political Studies Association. 67.
  • Charles, A. (2014) ‘The abuse of power: Savile, Leveson and the internet’ in The End of Journalism Version 2.0, ed. Alec Charles. Oxford: Peter Lang. 1-52.
  • Charles, A. (2014) ‘The paper menagerie: making sense of soft news’ in The End of Journalism Version 2.0, ed. Alec Charles. Oxford: Peter Lang. 209-235.
  • Charles, A. (2013) ‘Media and/or democracy’ in Media/Democracy, ed. Alec Charles. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 1-28.
  • Charles, A. (2013) ‘The allegory of allegory: race, racism and the summer of 2011’ in Doctor Who and Race, ed. Lindy Orthia. Bristol: Intellect. 161-177.
  • Charles, A. (2012) ‘Science Fiction’, ‘Dracula’, ‘A Clockwork Orange’ and ‘28 Days Later’ in Directory of World Cinema: Britain, ed. Emma Bell and Neil Mitchell. Bristol: Intellect. 150-151, 157-159, 161, 193-194.
  • Charles, A. (2011) ‘Pictures at an atrocity exhibition modernism and dystopian realism in David Peace’s Red Riding Quartet’ in Analysing David Peace, ed. Katy Shaw. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 61-76.
  • Charles, A. (2011) ‘Resistance is useless’ in The End of Journalism, ed. Alec Charles and Gavin Stewart. Oxford: Peter Lang. 1-17.
  • Charles, A. (2011) ‘Attack of the killer squirrels: a study of the fantastical symbolism of BBC News Online’ in The End of Journalism, ed. Alec Charles and Gavin Stewart. Oxford: Peter Lang. 159-192.
  • Conrad, M., Charles, A., and Neale, J. (2011) ‘What is my avatar?’ in Reinventing Ourselves: Concepts of Identity in Virtual Worlds, ed. Anna Peachey and Mark Childs. London: Springer. 253-274.
  • Charles, A. (2009) ‘Invisibility and insight: the unerasable trace of The Amazing Transparent Man’ in The Films of Edgar G. Ulmer, ed. Bernd Herzogenrath. Lanham: Scarecrow Press. 245-263.
  • Charles, A. (2009) ‘States of transition’ in Media in the Enlarged Europe. Bristol: Intellect Publishing. 9-10.
  • Charles, A. (2009) ‘New media, new Europe’ in Media in the Enlarged Europe. Bristol: Intellect. 207-219.
  • Charles, A. (2007) ‘The ideology of anachronism: television, history and the nature of time’ in Time and Relative Dissertations in Space, ed. David Butler. Manchester: Manchester University Press. 108-122.
  • Charles, A. (2006) ‘Double identity: presence and absence in the films of Tod Browning’ in The Films of Tod Browning, ed. Bernd Herzogenrath. London: Black Dog Publishing. 79-93.

Book reviews

  • Charles, A. (2018) Evolving Euroscepticisms in the British and Italian Press (Paul Rowinski) in Journalism Education 6:3, 101-102.
  • Charles, A. (2013) Misunderstanding the Internet (James Curran, Natalie Fenton and Des Freedman) in Convergence 19:3, 383-384.
  • Charles, A. (2011) The Video Game Theory Reader 2 (ed. Bernard Perron and Mark Wolf) in Convergence 17:1, 103-104.
  • Charles, A. (2008) Ambivalence towards Convergence: Digitalization and the Media Age (ed. Tanja Storsul and Dagny Stuedahl) in Convergence 15:1, 123-124.
  • Charles, A. (2007) How to Do Things with Cultural Theory (Matt Hills) in Convergence 13:2, 213-214.
  • Charles, A. (2007) The Intelligence of Evil (Jean Baudrillard) in Convergence 13:1, 105-106.
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