Dr Mark Jones

Senior Lecturer in English, Award Leader MA Popular Culture

Dr Mark Jones
Email address: markjones@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 323482 Location: MX103 Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: School of Humanities Areas of expertise: English and MA Popular Culture


Mark Jones's principle research and teaching interests are in literature, film and drama of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and in the popular culture of the same period.


  • PGCE Further, Adult and Higher Education (University of Wolverhampton)
  • DPhil (University of Sussex)
  • MA Twentieth-century English Literature (University of Sussex)
  • BA (Hons) English Language and Literature (City of Birmingham Polytechnic)


  • Pornogogy: Teaching the Titillating’ (with Gerry Carlin), in Claire Hines and Darren Kerr, eds, Hard to Swallow: Hard-Core Pornography on Screen, London: Wallflower Press, 2012
  • ‘Sex spy: sexuality and the revolution in Peter Whitehead’s post-Sixties works’, Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media, 52, 2, Fall 2011, pp. 819-835
  • (with Gerry Carlin) ‘“Students Study Hard Porn”: Pornography and the Popular Press’, in Karen Boyle, ed., Everyday Pornography, London: Routledge, 2010, pp.179-189, ISBN: 9780415543781
  • (with Gerry Carlin) ‘Cease to Exist: Manson Family Movies and Mysticism’, in Eric Christianson and Christopher Partridge, eds, Holy Terror: Understanding Religion and Violence in Popular Culture, London: Equinox, 2010, pp. 53-62, ISBN: 9781845533595
  • (with Gerry Carlin) ‘Pop Goes the Paperback’, in Nicole Matthews and Nickianne Moody, eds, Judging a Book by its Cover, Aldershot, Hants: Ashgate, 2007, pp. 95-105, ISBN: 0754657310
  • ‘Down the Rabbit Hole: Permissiveness and Paedophilia in the Sixties’, in Marcus Collins, ed., The Permissive Society and its Enemies, London: Rivers Oram Press, 2007, pp. 112-131, ISBN: 1854891472
  • ‘Now a Major Motion Picture? The Wicker Man Novelisation’, in Jonathan Murray, Lesley Stevenson, Stephen Harper and Benjamin Franks, eds, Constructing The Wicker Man: Film and Cultural Studies Perspectives, Dumfries: University of Glasgow, Crichton Publications, 2005, pp. 139-155, ISBN: 0852618182
  • (with Mark Blythe) ‘Human Computer (Sexual) Interaction’, interactions, September/October 2004, pp. 75-76
  • (with Gerry Carlin) ‘Call this English lit?’, The Guardian: G2, 4 February 2004, p. 6
  • (with Kevin Magill) ‘Ed-blogs: the use of weblogs in learning, teaching and assessment’, in Helen Gale, ed., Learning and Teaching Projects 2002/03, Wolverhampton: University of Wolverhampton, 2004, pp. 101-105
  • (with Gerry Carlin) ‘The Revolution will be in Stereo (But Playable on Mono Equipment if Fitted with a Compatible Cartridge): British Pop Culture from the 1960s’, Postures and Impostures, University of Wolverhampton, 18 June 1998
  • (with Gerry Carlin) ‘Some Product: Recycling the Revolution in Britain’, 68/98: Gaming the Revolution, Unit for Research in Education, Cultures, and the Arts, University of Warwick, 13 May 1998
  • ‘Crash’s Ballard: First-Person Peculiar’, The New Rhetoric, 17th Annual International Conference of the Poetics and Linguistics Association, University of Central England & University of Wolverhampton, Nottingham, 1-5 July 1997
  • ‘Don’t Look Back in Anxiety: Oasis and Allusion’, Influence and Intertextuality, University of Bristol, 24 May 1997
  • (with Robert Jones) ‘Strategic Displacement in The House on the Strand’, Daphne du Maurier and the Romance of Place, University of Exeter, 10 May 1997
  • ‘The Unlimited Dream Country: J.G. Ballard’s England’, The Revision of England, Kingston University, 13-14 July 1996
  • ‘J G Ballard: too BIG or too small for sf’, Impossibility Fiction, University of Central England, 3 July 1993.
  • Going Through the Motions”: The Tribute Band Phenomenon’, Genre, Vol. XXXIV, No. 3/4, Fall/Winter 2001, pp. 265-278
  • ‘J. G. Ballard: Neurographer’, in Derek Littlewood and Peter Stockwell, eds, Impossibility Fiction: Alternativity-Speculation-Extrapolation, Amsterdam/Atlanta GA: Rodopi, 1996, pp. 127-46
  • A Room Going Spare: Lodgers, Nannies, and Strangers in the House’, in Eleanor Andrews, Stella Hockenhull and Fran Pheasant-Kelly, eds, Spaces of the Cinematic Home: Behind the Screen Door, London: Routledge, 2015, ISBN: 9781138791657.
  • ‘“Helter Skelter” and Sixties Revisionism’ (with Gerry Carlin), in Sheila Whiteley and Jedediah Sklower, eds, Countercultures and Popular Music, Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, June 2014, pp. 95-107, ISBN: 9781472421067.
  • ‘Tentacles and Teeth: the Lovecraftian Being in Popular Culture’, in David Simmons, ed., New Critical Essays on H.P. Lovecraft, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, pp. 227-247, ISBN: 9781137332240.
  • ‘“Helter Skelter” et l’héritage polémique des années 1960’ (with Gerry Carlin), Volume! La revue des musiques populaires, 9, 2 (Contre-cultures n°2), 2012, pp. 33-49, ISSN: 1634-5495, translated into French by Jedediah Sklower.

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Conference Papers

  • (with Gerry Carlin) ‘Coming Down Fast, Loud and Nasty: “Helter Skelter” and the Invention of Heavy Metal’, Home of Metal: Heavy Metal and Place, University of Wolverhampton, 1-4 September 2011
  • (with Gerry Carlin) ‘Healter Skelter: Uncovering the Strange History of a Beatles’ Song’, New Research in SLSSC: Second Annual Staff Research Conference, University of Wolverhampton, 2 July 2010
  • (with Gerry Carlin) ‘Dealing with an Extreme Case: Live Freaky! Die Freaky!’, Research in Cultures and Humanities paper, University of Wolverhampton, 28 January 2009
  • (with Alan Apperley) ‘Disciplinary discontents: should Cultural Studies be more Popular?’, Cultural Studies Now, 19-22 July 2007
  • (with Gerry Carlin) ‘Abject Details: Signifying the Real in Manson Family Movies’, Violent Film, University of Winchester, 7-9 July 2006
  • (with Gerry Carlin) ‘Manson: The Man Who Killed the Sixties’, Research in Cultures and Humanities Inaugural Conference, University of Wolverhampton, 3 December 2005
  • (with Mark Blythe) ‘There’s something about email: Technological and cultural interventions in the problem of inadvertent or casual rudeness in email’, ‘Abuse: the dark side of human-computer interaction’, workshop at Interact 2005: Communicating Naturally Through Computers, Tenth IFIP TC13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Rome, Italy, 12-16 September 2005
  • (with Gerry Carlin) ‘Pornography, Pedagogy and the Popular Press’, The Limits of Representation: Speaking the Unspeakable, 7th Annual Conference of the Dept of Arts and Media, Buckingham Chilterns University College, 8th April 2005 – keynote address
  • ‘Now a major motion picture? The Wicker Man novelisation’, The Wicker Man: Rituals, Readings and Reactions, University of Glasgow, 14-15 July 2003
  • ‘Orwell and the New World Order: Language, History, Violence’, More Equal Than Others: A tribute to George Orwell on the 100th anniversary of his birth, Light House, Wolverhampton, 25 June 2003
  • ‘Little Hitlers: the further adventures of a super-villain’, Thinking Post-Identity, 44th Annual M/MLA Convention, Minneapolis Marriott City Center, 8-10 November 2002
  • ‘Theory/Fear-y: Knowing Horror’, Exploiting Fear: The Art and Appeal of Horror on Film, University of Hull, 11-13 October 2002
  • ‘The Dead Will Eat the Living: The Consumer, the State and the War in George Romero’s Zombie Trilogy’, English Research Group, University of Wolverhampton, 31 October 2001
  • ‘Down the Rabbit Hole: the Underground and Childhood in the 1960s’, The Permissive Society and Its Enemies, 15th Summer Conference of the Institute of Contemporary British History at the IHR, University of London, 9-11 July 2001
  • (with Gerry Carlin) ‘Rupert Bare: Kids Soliciting Offence’, HLSS Research Seminar, University of Wolverhampton, 29 March 2000
  • (with Gerry Carlin) ‘The Spectacular Liberation Front: Posters, Pop and Paperback Culture of the 1960s’, Cultural Studies Research Seminar, University of Central Lancashire, 3 November 1999
  • ‘Impersonality and Authentifice: Popular Tributaries’, “Whose Theatre is it Anyway?”: Performance, Politics & Community, University of Wolverhampton, 29-31 October 1999
  • (with Gerry Carlin) ‘Paperbacks, Pop and Penguins’, Research Seminar, Cardinal Newman College of Higher Education, Birmingham, 8 June 1999
  • (with Gerry Carlin) ‘The New Novel with a Gatefold Sleeve: Music as Literature in the 1960s’, The Sixties: Take Ten, Open University, Milton Keynes, 26 March 1999
  • (with Gerry Carlin) ‘1960s – This Year's Model: Images, Icons and Pop’, Light House, Wolverhampton, 15 February 1999
  • ‘Do You Know What Oasis Mean? Siting the Sixties’, Coming Down Fast: Replaying the 1960s, University of Wolverhampton, 10-12 July 1998
  • (with Aidan Byrne) ‘The World Turned Back to Front: the politics of the mirror universe in Doctor Who and Star Trek’, The Politics and Law of Doctor Who, University of Westminster, 5 September 2014.
  • (with Gerry Carlin) ‘“Evolutionary Agents sent by God”: The Beatles, Charles Manson and Historical Feedback’, AHRC Network on Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change: Sound Affects, University of East Anglia, 15 April 2014.
  • ‘Pornography and pedagogy, policy and parody: the problems of teaching and researching hard-core porn’, Pornography in Contemporary Times and Spaces, University of Chester, 3-5 March 2014.
  • (with Gerry Carlin) ‘Charlie’s Legions: The Manson Family and Subcultures of Nihilism’, Teenage Kicks: The Representation of Youth Subcultures in Fiction, Film and Other Media, Keele University, 11-13 July 2013.
  • ‘Recreating the Ripper: documentary representations of the Whitechapel murders’, British Society of Criminology Conference, University of Wolverhampton, 2 July 2013.
  • ‘Potentially (Un)Tapped: Exploiting the Unused Brain’, Crossroads in Cultural Studies, Paris, 2-6 July 2012 (also Research in Cultures and Humanities paper, University of Wolverhampton, 20 June 2012).

Conference Organisation