Dr Christina Wilkins

Dr Christina Wilkins

Department of Film and Creative Writing
Lecturer in Film and Creative Writing

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University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I am researcher in contemporary film and literature with a specialism in adaptations, and also a poetry editor for a small press. My forthcoming book looks at character, the body, and adaptation and is due to be released in 2022 through Palgrave.


  • PhD English and Film, University of Southampton (2016)
  • MA English, University of Southampton (2010)
  • BA (Hons) English, University of Southampton (2009)


The majority of my early academic experience was at the University of Southampton where I studied English, and moving into Film with my PhD which looked at the mediation of gendered and religious identities in contemporary vampire narratives. This led me to thinking about adaptations, which has been my particular area of interest for the last five years.

I previously taught at the University of Winchester across the film, English, and American studies departments. Outside of academia, I am a poetry editor for a small press which I joined in 2018.


I teach across the creative writing and film department, including Contemporary Creative Writing and Film Genres.


My primary research area is adaptations. I have published various chapters related to this field, regularly participate in the AAS conferences, and have a forthcoming book on the topic. This book, Embodying Adaptation: Character and the Body examines the connection between character and the body, and the hierarchies inherent within this relationship. It seeks to find a new approach to adaptations that is framed by the body and its importance in our increasingly intangible society. It will be published through Palgrave in 2022 as part of the Adaptations and Visual Culture series. My other research interests include mental health, identity, memory, and queer studies. This is reflected in the chapters I have published on these topics. Another strand of my research is male mental health and suicide in contemporary culture, which will be the focus of my next monograph.


Recent publications


Wilkins, C 2018, Religion and Identity in Post 9/11 Vampire Narratives: God is (un)dead. Palgrave Macmillan.

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Wilkins, C 2022, Diagnosing the detective. in M Pomerance & B Palmer (eds), Autism and Television. SUNY Press.

Wilkins, C 2021, Replaying Cowboys and Indians: Controlled and Commercial Nostalgia in Westworld. in M Leggatt (ed.), Was it Yesterday?: Nostalgia in Contemporary Film and Television. SUNY series, Horizons of Cinema, SUNY Press, pp. 197-210. <https://www.sunypress.edu/p-7053-was-it-yesterday.aspx>

Wilkins, C 2020, Reinvesting in the Rapture: Apocalypse and Faith in The Leftovers. in M Cornelius & S Ginn (eds), Apocalypse TV. McFarland.

Wilkins, C 2020, Television adaptations: Character and World Expansion. in B Kaklamanidou (ed.), New Approaches to Contemporary Adaptation. Wayne State University Press, pp. 79-96.

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