Louise Coopey

Louise Coopey

Department of Film and Creative Writing
Doctoral researcher

Contact details

PhD title: Representing the 21st Century Other: Monsters and (Wo)men in Game of Thrones

SupervisorDr James Walters and Professor Scott Lucas

PhD Film Studies



  • BA (Hons) American Studies – Lancaster University
  • MPhil History, Film and Television – University of Birmingham


I completed a BA (Hons) in American Studies at Lancaster University in 2003, with a year at UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina during the 2001/2 academic year. Having nurtured my passion for film, I then completed an MPhil History, Film and Television at the University of Birmingham in 2005. My dissertations for both were primarily concerned with representation and identity within film and, despite being out of academia for a while, I have always maintained an interest in that area and am now pursuing it via my chosen research specialism at PhD level.

I have worked as a freelance content writer since 2007, collaborating with clients in a wide range of industries and providing a range of writing and editing services that enabled them to promote their brand, achieve commercial goals and facilitate engagement.

Doctoral research

PhD title
Representing the 21st Century Other: Monsters and (Wo)men in Game of Thrones
Dr James Walters and Professor Scott Lucas
Film Studies PhD/MA by Research (On-Campus or by Distance Learning)


My research focuses on the identity and representation of otherness within the TV show, Game of Thrones. The highly complex narrative incorporates a wide range of characters that may typically be labelled as Other, including women, the disabled, the illegitimate and fantastical creatures. In Game of Thrones, the status quo of patriarchal society is removed by the end of the first series, thus leaving a vacuum in which the Others essentially move from the margins to the centre in the absence of power. This then lends itself to a critical analysis of the dynamics of power and competing interests in the political and cultural arenas within the parameters of the show’s 21st century context. 

Ultimately, my research will utilise a framework incorporating monster theory, the monstrous feminine and abjection to determine the extent to which the Other is normalised via the deliberate subversion of 21st century social and cultural norms and ideals in the absence of a status quo.