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Research interests

Dr Holly Chard is a media historian whose research focuses on the American media industries from the late 1970s onwards, with an emphasis on Hollywood cinema. 

Her recent and forthcoming publications explore child stardom in the 1990s, seriality in nineties Hollywood cinema, professional wrestling stardom in the 1980s, and the career and films of writer-producer-director John Hughes.

Holly’s research interests include: histories of Hollywood cinema, family entertainment, popular music and ‘synergy’, teen-oriented media, stardom and celebrity, the politics of representation in film and television comedy, conceptualizing film authorship, and media historiography.

Scholarly biography

Holly completed her PhD at the University of Sussex in 2014 and has drawn on her historical investigations of Hollywood cinema in several book chapters and articles, as well as presenting her research at various conferences and events in the UK and Europe.

Her PhD research explored debates on the commercial and textual priorities of New Hollywood cinema through examination of the career of writer-director-producer John Hughes. Utilizing an extensive array of previously unexamined primary materials, she investigated Hughes’ career, his status within the American media industries, and his work as a commercially successful and agenda-setting filmmaker in the 1980s and 1990s.

Holly is currently in the final stages of revising a monograph based on her research on John Hughes, which will be published through the University of Texas Press. Building on the themes and contexts in her PhD research, she has also produced publications on Macaulay Culkin’s career as a child star, seriality as a production strategy, the wrestler Hulk Hogan’s family films (with Dr Ben Litherland), and comedian comedy in the 1980s. 

Holly's research has fed into, and been influenced by, her teaching on a variety of undergraduate courses in Media and Film Studies at the University of Brighton (2015-) and at the University of Sussex (2009-2014).

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Sussex

Oct 2008Jul 2014

Master, University of Sussex

Oct 2007Oct 2008

Bachelor, University of Manchester

Sep 2004Jul 2007

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synergy Social Sciences
film star Social Sciences
star Social Sciences
Hollywood Arts & Humanities
1990s Arts & Humanities
Stardom Arts & Humanities
movies Social Sciences
cinema Social Sciences

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Research Output 2017 2018

‘Give People What They Expect’: John Hughes’ Family Films and Seriality in 1990s Hollywood

Chard, H., 26 Jan 2018, 17, 1, p. 111-127 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Hollywood
1990s
Seriality
John Hughes
1980s

Macaulay Culkin and child stardom in the 1990s

Chard, H., 24 Mar 2017, Childhood and celebrity. Abingdon

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearch

File
Stardom
1990s
Child Star
Hollywood
Movies

“Hollywood” Hulk Hogan: Stardom, Synergy and Field Migration

Chard, H. & Litherland, B., 13 Aug 2017, (Accepted/In press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
VIP
synergy
migration
film star
star

Activities 2011 2016

  • 5 Oral presentation

'Give people what they expect’: John Hughes’ family films and seriality in 1990s Hollywood

Holly Chard (Presenter)
9 Sep 2016

Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation

Exploitation: The Promotion of Video Releases in the U.S. During the Early 1980s

Holly Chard (Presenter)
10 Jan 2014

Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation

An all-family film’ or ‘totally inappropriate for children’?: Selling Home Alone 2 to the Family Audience in the 1990s

Holly Chard (Presenter)
8 Jul 2013

Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation

Negotiating Nostalgia Through Humour and Slapstick in Dennis The Menace

Holly Chard (Presenter)
1 Jun 2012

Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation

'Kid Power Conquers Hollywood’?: Macaulay Culkin, Child Stardom and Nineties Hollywood

Holly Chard (Presenter)
9 Sep 2011

Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation