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Dr Elayne Chaplin

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Professional biography

Dr Elayne Chaplin is a Staff Tutor in history, and the Data Interpreter for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Research interests

My primary academic interests are in cultural history, particularly film and television.

Example of recent publication:

‘Death and Duty: The Yakuza Onscreen’ (analysis of the impact of socio-political context on performative gangster masculinity in twentieth century Japanese cinema), in Larke, S.G. (ed.) Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the Gangster Film (Wiley-Blackwell, 2019).


Teaching interests

I have wide-ranging teaching experience within the OU, from Level 1 multidisciplinary modules, to Level 3 history.

Prior to my full-time role at the OU, I designed and delivered undergraduate and postgraduate modules on such topics as the politics of fantasy genres in 20th century film and television; East Asian cinema: history and politics; depicting the ‘American Dream’; Documentary (art and politics) from the 1920s to the present.

Impact and engagement

FASSTEST funded scholarship projects include:

'Flexible Study Intensity in Arts & Humanities: Classical Studies and History' (PL)

'Better understanding of study motivation and module choice: an investigation of A223 student registrations'


Unresolved – Narrative Strategies in an Unsolved True Crime: Depictions of the JonBenét Ramsey killing (2023-06-01)
Chaplin, Elayne and Chaplin, Melissa
In: Larke-Walsh, George S. ed. True Crime in American Media. Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies (pp. 83-97)
ISBN : 9781003225638 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon, Oxon