Wearing, Sadie

Dr Sadie Wearing  


Position held

Lecturer in Gender Theory, Culture and Media


Experience keywords:

aging and subjectivity in literature, culture and media; feminist film theory; gender and feminist theory; representation

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Sadie Wearing's research and teaching interests are in the critical analysis of literary, visual and media culture with specific interest in representations of aging, temporality and memory in both historical and contemporary contexts. Her work is concerned with questions of the political implications of deployments of cultural understandings of time, memory and the body. Specifically she examines the ways in which literary and cinematic narratives articulate contested cultural processes including questions of public and private memory, national identity, heritage and belongings, gender sexuality and aging. She has written on the questions raised by adaptations of literary and biographical texts and the specificity of cinematic forms of memory and forgetting, and at how these might be understood in relation to postcolonial theory, postfeminism and contemporary formations of celebrity. Her recent work examines the ways in which cinema, literature and popular culture reflect and complicate wider cultural assumptions about aging, memory and temporality, and the complexity of the ways in which aging subjectivities, constructions and embodiments are produced and reproduced.

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Creative Industries and Culture

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LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 7194



Richardson, Niall and Wearing, Sadie, eds (2014) Key concerns in media studies Key concerns in media studies (148). Palgrave Macmillan, http://us.macmillan.com/. ISBN 978-0-230-28473-9 (In Press)

Evans, Mary and Hemmings, Clare and Henry, Marsha and Johnstone, Hazel and Madhok, Sumi and Plomien, Ania and Wearing, Sadie, eds (2014) Handbook of feminist theory Sage, London, UK. ISBN 9781446252413


Wearing, Sadie (2013) Representing agency and coercion: feminist readings and postfeminist media fictions In: Madhok, Sumi and Phillips, Anne and Wilson, Kalpana, (eds.) Gender, Agency and Coercion. Thinking gender in transnational times. Palgrave MacMillan, London, UK. ISBN 9780230300323

Wearing, Sadie (2013) Dementia and the biopolitics of the biopic: from Iris to The Iron Lady Dementia, 12 (3). 315-325. ISSN 1471-3012


Wearing, Sadie (2012) Exemplary or exceptional embodiment?: discourses of aging in the case of Helen Mirren and 'Calendar girls' In: Dolan, Josephine and Tincknell, Estella, (eds.) Ageing Femininities: Troubling Representations . Cambridge Scholars Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9781443838832


Wearing, Sadie (2011) Notes on some scandals: the politics of shame in 'Vers le sud’ In: Gill, Rosalind and Scharff, Christina, (eds.) New Femininities: Postfeminism, Neoliberalism and Identity . Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, UK, 173-187. ISBN 9780230223349


Wearing, Sadie (2010) Age, shame and grumpiness: analysis, representation and affect. In: Affecting Feminism: Feminist Theory and the Question of Feeling, 10-12 December 2010, Newcastle University

Wearing, Sadie (2010) Agency and coercion: feminist readings of postfeminist representations. In: Feminist Television Studies, 10 September 2010, University of Sunderland, UK


Wearing, Sadie (2009) Narratives of decline and degeneration?: representing the aging body. In: 2nd BSA Ageing Body and Society Study Group Annual Conference, 20 July 2009, British Library, London, UK


Wearing, Sadie (2008) Nationalised embodiments: performing age and celebrity. In: AHRC International Conference - Crossing Cultures: Women, Ageing and Media, 5 December 2008, University of Gloucestershire, UK


Wearing, Sadie (2007) Postfeminist time and age. In: Cultural Studies Now, July 2007, University of East London, London, UK

Wearing, Sadie (2007) Notes on some scandals: shame and transgenerational sex in recent cinema. In: Ageing Femininities: Representation, Identities, Feminism, 6 October 2007, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK

Wearing, Sadie (2007) Subjects of rejuvenation: aging in postfeminist culture In: Takser, Yvonne and Negra, Diane, (eds.) Interrogating Postfeminism: Gender and the Politics of Popular Culture . Console-ing passions . Duke University Press, Durham, USA, 277-310. ISBN 9780822340140


Wearing, Sadie (2006) Adapting age: representing generations in Iris. In: Screen Studies Conference, 30 June-2 July 2006, University of Glasgow, UK


Wearing, Sadie (2005) Age and sexuality in celebrity culture: the case of Helen Mirren (57) . In: Celebrity Culture Conference, 12-14 September 2005, University of Paisley, Ayr, UK

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