Dr Louise Fenton

Senior Lecturer Contextual Studies

Email address: Louise.Fenton@wlv.ac.ukPhone number: 01902 01902 518423 (direct line) Ext. 8423 (from within the University)Location: MK301aFaculty: Faculty of ArtsSchool/Institute: Wolverhampton School of ArtAreas of expertise:

Visual Communication


Dr Louise Fenton is a writer, illustrator and cultural historian. Following her first degree in Illustration from Wolverhampton Polytechnic Louise has completed an MA in Illustration from the University of Wolverhampton. It was at this time that her interests moved towards the representations of marginalised cultures. She completed a PhD on the Representations of Vodou at the University of Warwick in 2010. Louise is now a senior lecturer in Contextual Studies. Recent research has been focussed on the visual and literary representations of otherness including Voodoo, Witchcraft and Zombies.

Her interests lie in representational and cultural discourses around Visual Communication and popular culture with a focus on the US and Caribbean.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Association of Illustrators
  • Popular Culture / American Culture Associations


  • Fenton, L. And Zeegan, L. (2012) The Fundamentals of Illustration (2nd Edition). London: AVA
  • Fenton, L. (2006) Juan San Malo in Rodriguez, J ed. Encyclopaedia of Slave Resistance and Rebellions. Connecticut USA: Greenwood Press
  • Fenton, L.  (2006) Alexandre Sabes Petion in Rodriguez, J ed. Encyclopaedia of Slave Resistance and Rebellions.  Connecticut USA:  Greenwood Press
  • Fenton, L. (2006) Louisiana Purchase and Antislavery in Hinks, P, McKivigan, J eds. Encyclopaedia of Slavery and Antislavery.  Connecticut USA: Greenwood Press

Conference Papers

  • (2012) “Popular Mythology: Witches and Witchcraft in the work of Goya
    ‘Capturing Witches: Histories, Stories, Images’ conference, Lancaster University
  • (2012) “Representations of Vodou in Haitian Art since 1945
    Invited speaker, ‘Visual Cultures of the Caribbean’ conference, Durham University
  • (2012) “Rethinking 1940s Horror
    Invited speaker for roundtable discussion, Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association, Boston, MA, USA
  • (2012) “Cultural Confusion: The cinematic syncretisation of Voodoo and Witchcraft in the 1960s
    Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association, Boston,MA, USA
  • (2011) “Images of Haiti: The culture and history of Haiti through the paintings of the Loa
     ‘Painting the Caribbean’ symposium, University of Essex
  • (2011) “Cinematic Representations of Voodoo, 1930 – 1970
    Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association (PCAACA) conference, San Antonio, TX, USA
  • (2011) “Voodoo in New Orleans: Perpetuating the myth in literary representations
    British Association of American Studies (BAAS) conference, University of Central Lancashire
  • (2007) “The Representations and Commodification of Slavery in New Orleans: Voodoo, ghosts and plantations” International American Studies Association conference, Lisbon, Portugal
  • (2007) “Recognising the Spirits” 
  • ‘Theory Faith Culture’ conference at Cardiff University
  • (2006) “Historiographic Representations of Voodoo in the 1920s and 1930s
    CTCCS, ACUME & AHRC conference ‘Interpreting, Representing and Recording’, University of Warwick
  • (2006) “History and Representations of Voodoo in New Orleans
    Louisiana Historical Association conference, Lafayette, USA

Further information

Dr Louise Fenton is Director of Studies for the following PhD student:

  • Laura Dicken