Two members of the School of Media Art and Design have a new chapter on animation and class in an edited collection.

Dr Chris Pallant and Dr James Newton from the School of Media, Art and Design, have co-written a chapter in the new edited collection, Social Class and Television Drama in Contemporary Britain (2017), published by Palgrave Macmillan (Ed. David Forrest and Beth Johnson). Their chapter, “Animating Class in Contemporary British Television”, looks at the under-explored area of animated depictions of social class. They argue that an understanding of working class social formations has changed from being defined by occupation, to choices over consumption and taste. Their chapter demonstrates how animated comedies, sketch shows, and television idents reflect some of these shifting frameworks of working class identity.

Dr Chris Pallant is editor of Animated Landscapes (2015) and coauthor of Storyboarding: A Critical History (2015). Dr James Newton is Senior Lecturer in Digital Media Theory and his research interests include anarchism in popular culture, radical communities (and the role of digital media in shaping them), political cinema, horror and exploitation, westerns, and documentary. James is also a filmmaker and his work incorporates both narrative and experimental forms.