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Dr David Eldridge

Dr David Eldridge

Senior Lecturer in American Studies

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of Humanities

Summary

A key member of the American Studies team at Hull since 2000, Dr David Eldridge specialises in cultural history, with a focus on the representation and suppression of marginalised voices in popular culture.

He has published major volumes on the cultural history of the 1930s and Hollywood's construction of history, along with papers on subjects as diverse as the New Deal's Federal Theatre Project, the musicals of Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney, and the film adaptations of Thornton Wilder's Our Town and Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho. His recent work in film studies has concerned the impact that censorship has on Hollywood's representations of the past, and uncovering the 'alternative history' of Hollywood movies that were never produced, including LGBTQ+, racial and indigenous stories that were suppressed.

As a founding member of the city's first LGBTQ+ inclusive sports team, Dr Eldridge's research also now encompasses a new creative research and oral history project investigating the variations in barriers to participation and stigma experienced by LGBTQ+ sports players at grassroots and elite levels, and analysing the responses and strategies different clubs and sports bodies have adopted to address them.

Current modules include: American Film and Society; Queering America, Musical-Made America; USA and UFOs: Science-Fiction Society; Contemporary America in Context; Researching Contemporary American Culture.

Recent outputs

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Book

American culture in the 1930s

Eldridge, D. (2008). American culture in the 1930s. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press

Book Chapter

'We're Only Kids Now, But Someday...': Hollywood Musicals and the Great Depression Youth Crisis'

Eldridge, D. (2016). 'We're Only Kids Now, But Someday...': Hollywood Musicals and the Great Depression Youth Crisis'. In I. Morgan, & P. John Davies (Eds.), Hollywood and the Great Depression: American Film, Politics and Society in the 1930s (216-238). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press

Journal Article

Bennett, Breen, and the Birdman of Alcatraz: A case study of collaborative censorship between the production code administration and the federal bureau of prisons

Eldridge, D. (2016). Bennett, Breen, and the Birdman of Alcatraz: A case study of collaborative censorship between the production code administration and the federal bureau of prisons. Film History, 28(2), 1-31. https://doi.org/10.2979/filmhistory.28.2.02

Britain finds Andy Hardy: British cinema audiences and the American way of life in the Second World War

Eldridge, D. (2011). Britain finds Andy Hardy: British cinema audiences and the American way of life in the Second World War. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 31(4), 499-521. https://doi.org/10.1080/01439685.2011.620842

The generic American psycho

Eldridge, D. (2008). The generic American psycho. Journal of American Studies, 42(1), 19-33. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021875807004355

Research interests

20th and 21st century US and UK Cultural History

Film Studies

Censorship

LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Sports

Queer Studies

Classical Hollywood

Lead investigator

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

Safer - Schools

Funder

00 University of Hull

Grant

£4,180.00

Started

31 October 2022

Status

Ongoing

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Eldridge welcomes applications from students exploring aspects of

- the relationship between popular culture and social history, particularly the social history of marginalised groups in the USA and UK;

- LGBTQ+ inclusion in sports and barriers to participation;

- film and cultural censorship in the US and UK.

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