Dr Tracey Mollet
Lecturer in Media and Communication
Clothworkers' Building North, 2.28
Office hours: Wednesdays 11am-12pm, Fridays 11am-12pm
BA (Hons) Modern History - University of Oxford, MA Modern History - University of Leeds, PhD Communications - University of Leeds
Having completed both my BA and MA in Modern History before joining the School of Media and Communication, I came to this discipline from a very different background to many of the other research staff in the department.
For my PhD, I combined my passion for History with my love for animation, researching the ideology of the animated shorts of the Disney and Schlesinger Studios in the 1930s and 1940s. I used a combination of archival research and content analysis to uncover the ways in which the cartoon shorts provided a commentary on the Great Depression, including social conditions, political debates and the international situation.
I am near completion of my first monograph, entitled ‘Historical ‘Tooning: Disney, Warner Brothers, the Depression and War.’ I am currently working on papers developing this research, including the role of animation during the Cold War and during Roosevelt’s 1932 election campaign.
My research interests have also broadened into the fantastical world of fairy tales. I have published and presented widely on the Disney fairy tale and its intrinsic connection to the American Dream. Currently, I am researching the central importance of music to the recent re-imagining of the Disney fairy tale in the films ‘Tangled’ (2010) and ‘Frozen’ (2013).
- Disney animation
- Warner Brothers animation
- The classical era in Hollywood
- Depression culture and its impact on film
- Film Noir and post war Hollywood
- Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg & J.J. Abrams
- War propaganda, specifically WW1, WW2 and Vietnam
- Propaganda theory
- Music in Hollywood film
- Fairy tales and the American Dream
- British film during the Great Depression
- Representations in film and television
COMM5790 – Identity, Culture and Technology
COMM5710 – The Media Industries
COMM1230 – Introduction to Media and Communications Research
COMM5720 – Media Production Analysis
COMM2910 – Communication Research Methods
MA Programme Leader for Media Industries
Language Centre Co-ordinator
‘Deconstructing Brad Pitt , edited by Christopher Schaberg and Robert Bennett, New York, Bloomsbury, 2014, 296 pp., £23.99 (paperback), ISBN 978-1-62-356179-6’, Celebrity Studies, 8.1 (2017), 183-185,
‘With a Smile and a Song...": Walt Disney and the birth of the American Fairy Tale’, in Debating Disney: Pedagogical Perspectives on Commercial Cinema (Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2016),