Publications: Dr Ruth McElroy


McElroy, R. (ed.) (forthcoming) Contemporary British TV Crime Drama, Ashgate

Lacey, S. and McElroy, R. (eds.) (2012) Life on Mars: From Manchester to New York, University of Wales Press.


Blandford, S. Lacey, S. McElroy, R. and Williams, R. (2010) Screening the Nation: Wales and Landmark Television, BBC Audience Council for Wales research report.

Refereed journals

McElroy, R. (2016), Guest editor and introduction, 'Television Production in Small Nations’, Journal of Popular Television 4 (1), pp.69-73

McElroy, R. and Noonan, C. (2016), 'Television drama production in small nations: Mobilities in a changing ecology’ Journal of Popular Television 4 (1), pp.109-127

Blandford, S. and McElroy R. (vol.3, 2013), 'Memory, television and the making of the BBC’s The Story of Wales', special issue, European Television Memories, of Journal of European Television History and Culture

McElroy, R. (2013) 'Post-imperial Drama: History, memory and narrative in Peter Kosminsky’s The Promise’, Journal of British Cinema and Television 10 (2), pp.276-297

Blandford, S. and McElroy, R. (2011) 'Promoting public service? Branding, place and BBC Cymru Wales’ idents, promos and trailers’, Journal of British Cinema and Television 8 (3), pp.392-410

McElroy, R. (2011) ‘Putting the Landmark Back into Television’: producing place and cultural value in Cardiff’, Place-Branding and Public Diplomacy, 7 (3), pp.175-184.

McElroy, R. and Williams. R. (2011) ‘Remembering Ourselves, Viewing the Others: historical reality television and celebrity in the small nation’, Television and New Media, 12 (3), pp.187-206.

McElroy, R. and Williams, R. (2011) ‘The Appeal of the Past in Historical Reality Television: Coal House at War and its audiences’, Media History, 17 (1), pp.79-96.

Lacey, S. and McElroy, R. (2010) 'Real Performance? ‘Ordinary’ people and the problem of acting,’ special issue, ‘Acting with Facts’, Studies in Documentary Film, 4 (3), pp.253-266.

Blandford, S. Lacey, S. McElroy, R. and Williams, R. (2010) ‘Comment: Portraying Wales in television drama’, Cyfrwng: Media Wales Journal, vol.7, pp.96-98

McElroy, R. (2009) 'Television and the Local Press: Formations of value in making must-see TV’, Cyfrwng Media Wales Journal, vol. 6, pp.94-111

Jachimiak, P. & McElroy, R. (eds.) (2008) 'Coal House: Fictions of the Past on the Small Screen’, Critical Studies in Television vol. 3, no.2, pp.80-99

McElroy, R., (2008) ‘Property TV: The (Re) Making of Home on National Screens’, European Journal of Cultural Studies, vol. 11 (1), pp. 43-61

McElroy, R., (2007) ‘The Local, the Global, and the Bi-cultural: Welsh-language television drama’, Critical Studies in Television, vol. 2 (2), pp. 77-95

McElroy, R., (2007)‘Bringing it Home: Devolution, Multiculturalism and British Students’ Voices in Writing Britain’, Anglistik und Englischunterricht, vol. 69, pp. 67-88.

McElroy, R., (2006)‘Circuiting Empire, Romancing Difference: Language, Imperialism and Anglo-Indian and Anglo-Welsh Fictions’, Welsh Writing in English, vol. 11, pp. 1-31.

McElroy, R., (2005) ‘”For a mothertongue is a treasure, but not a god”: Gwyneth Lewis and the dynamics of language in contemporary Welsh poetry’, Journal for the Study of British Cultures, vol. 12, no.1, pp.39–53.

McElroy, R., (2002) Guest editor of ‘Sexing the Nation: the spaces of belonging(s)’ themed issue of European Journal of Cultural Studies, vol. 5, no.3.

McElroy, R., (2002)‘Whose Body, Whose Nation? Surrogate motherhood and its representation’, in the above special issue of European Journal of Cultural Studies, vol. 5, no. 3, pp.325–342.

Work in Edited Books

McElroy, R. (2016) 'Minor Cinema’ in Claire Molloy and Yannis Tzioumakis (eds.) Routledge Companion to Film and Politics, London: Routledge

McElroy, R. and Williams, R. (forthcoming, 2015) ‘Omnisexuality And The City: Exploring national and sexual identity in BBC Wales’ Torchwood’ in Huw Osborne (ed.) Queer Wales, Lampeter: University of Wales Press

McElroy, R. (2012) 'Consuming Retrosexualities: The past live, on-screen, online now’ in Lacey, S. and McElroy, R. (eds.) Life on Mars: From Manchester to New York, University of Wales Press, pp.117-129.

McElroy, R. (2008) ‘Indigenous minority-language media: S4C, cultural identity and the Welsh-language televisual community’, in Wilson, P. and Stewart, M. (eds.) Global Indigenous Media. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, pp.232-249

McElroy, R (2006) ‘Labouring at Leisure: Aspects of Lifestyle & the Rise of Home Improvement’, in Smyth, G. and Croft, J. (eds.) Our House: Representations of Domestic Space in Modern Culture. Amsterdam: Rodopi, pp.85-101

McElroy, R. (2003) ‘Dorothy Richardson’ and ‘The New Woman’ in Poplawski, P. (ed.) Encyclopaedia of Literary Modernism. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

McElroy, R. (2000) ‘Autobiography and Home’ in Cosslett, T., Lury, C., and Penny Summerfield (eds.) Autobiography and the Social Self. London: Routledge.

McElroy, R. (2000) ‘Traversing Britain: mobility, belonging and home’ in Pearce, L. (ed.) Devolving Identities: Feminist Readings in Home and Belonging. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Refereed Conference Papers (since 2001)

'Property, propriety and poverty: mediating British lifestyles in an age of austerity’, Women, Property and Realty TV Symposium, Ryerson University,Toronto, May 2014

'‘“You don’t have to come from London to be able to do network shows”: Talent discourse in the Welsh screen industries’ (with Dr Caitriona Noonan), Conceptualising Talent: Privileging Change and Flexibility Onscreen and Off, University of Glasgow, March 2014

'What Can Wales Learn From Nordic Noir?’, Topographies of Popular Culture, University of Tampere, Finland, October 2013

'Television Drama By and For Women: a case study of Sally Wainwright and Red Productions’, Television For Women, University of Warwick, May 2013

'Do Methods Achieve Impact? A case study of researching TV industries in post-devolutionary Wales’, Approaching Media Industries: Trends, Methods, Perspectives, University of Liverpool, May 2013

'Negotiating Imagined Communities: the making of a national TV history programme’, co-presented with Prof. Steve Blandford, Narratives and Social Memory Conference, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal, July 2012

‘Screening the Nation: Landmark television and the representation of a small bilingual nation’, co-presented with Dr. Rebecca Williams at ECREA European Communication Conference, University of Hamburg, October 2010.

'Portrayal, Nation and Welsh Contemporary Landmark Drama’, with Dr Rebecca Williams, Theorising Wales: Gender, Culture, Politics conference, Gregynog/Swansea University, July 2010

'Making Sense of the Past? Television history and its participatory audience’, with Dr Rebecca Williams, Television History conference, University of Lincoln, July 2009

'The Good Coal Days? Place, identity and formations of value in historical reality television’, “Locating Media” NECS conference, Lund University, Sweden, June 2009

‘Remembering Ourselves, Viewing the Others: participant audiences of historical reality TV’, with Dr Rebecca Williams, Big Reveal: Lifestyle TV conferece, University of Brighton, May 2009

‘Real performance: ordinary people and the problem of acting’, with Prof Stephen Lacey, Acting With Facts conference, University of Reading, May 2009

‘Coal House: A Sense of Place?’ , Doing Justice to the Land’ Reckitt Trust conference, St Paul’s Cathedral, London, February 2009

‘Multiple Players and a Few Ground Rules: The creative dissemination of other authors’ research’, with Inga Burrows, as part of convened panel ‘Debating Creativity: Knowledge, Industries and Universities’ with Prof Steve Blandford (University of Glamorgan) and Dr Nicole Matthews (Maquarie University, Australia) MECCSA conference, January 2009

‘Consuming Retrosexuality’, Point of Feminism Conference, University of Reading, September 2008

'Styling the Nation? Consumption & S4C’ at S4C: Y Chwarter Canrif Cyntaf/S4C: The First 25 Years, University of Wales Aberystwyth, November 2007’.

‘Lifestyle Television on Welsh Screens’ at MECCSA Conference, Lincoln University, January 2005.

‘Bringing it Home: Student Voices on Writing Britain’ at Teaching Contemporary Fiction conference, Westminster University, June 2004.

‘Proper TV: The (re) making of home on national screens’ at ‘Lifestyle Narratives’ conference, Liverpool John Moores University, November 2003.

‘Romancing Difference: colonialism, nationalism and the discords of Britishness’ at 'British Braids: Inter-Cultural Dynamics in the British Isles Today’ conference, Brunel University, April 2001.

Short Works

McElroy, R. and Smith, R. (2009) 'Commissioning Music for Television’, pedagogic case study, Art Design & Media Subject Centre

McElroy, R., (2005) ‘Strength in Diversity’ review of the peer-reviewed academic journal Welsh Writing in English vol. 9, Planet, 171, pp. 108-110.

McElroy, R. (2005) ‘Screen Wars of the Recent Future’ review of the English translation of the Welsh-language novelist Robin Llywelyn’s novel, White Star / Seren Wen ar Gefndir Gwyn, Planet, 168, pp. 94-95.

McElroy, R. (2004)‘Relieving the Anguish’ review of Gwyneth Lewis’ Keeping Mum, Planet, 163, pp. 103-5.

McElroy, R. (2004) ‘A Tale of Two Decades’ review of Deirdre Beddoe (ed.) Changing Times: Welsh Women Writing on the 1950s and 1960s, Planet, pp.105-6.

McElroy, R., (2000) ‘The Rhyming Detective: the bilingual poetry of Gwyneth Lewis’, Planet, 141, pp.21-26.

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