Hayley Louise Charlesworth is a PhD researcher in the Gothic with Manchester Metropolitan University. Her primary research interests are in contemporary Gothic in film, television and online content, queer Gothic, queer theory, film and television studies, and gothic literature. Secondary research interests include children’s and young adult fiction, soap operas, popular music, video games, fan culture and drag culture.
Hayley achieved a first class honours in BA Creative Writing/Film Studies at Roehampton University in 2010. She achieved Masters with Distinction in English Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2017, where she was awarded the Programme Leader’s Prize for Outstanding Achievement.
Hayley’s PhD, provisionally titled An Exploration of the Use and Reworking of Queer Clichés and Stereotypes in Post-Millennial Gothic and Cult Television, began in October 2018 at Manchester Metropolitan University, supervised by Dr Sorcha Ni Fhlainn. Hayley also has membership to the International Gothic Association. She is one of the organisers of the MMU PGR Film Club.
In addition to her academic career, Hayley has seven years of work experience in the 16-19 education sector, and in promoting Equality and Diversity initiatives amongst young adults. Additionally, she works as a karaoke host and DJ, and is one of the co-hosts of the Sweet Valley Why podcast.
PhD |An Exploration of the Use and Reworking of Queer Clichés and Stereotypes in Post-Millennial Gothic and Cult Television (provisional title) | 2018 – present
MA | Murder Husbands: Queer Desire and Homosociality in NBC’s Hannibal | 2016