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Professor Joe Kember



with Plunkett J, Sullivan J, Popular Exhibitions, science, and Showmanship, London, Pickering and Chatto, 2012.

Marketing modernity: Victorian Popular Shows and Early Cinema, Exeter, University of Exeter, 2009.

with Popple S, Early cinema, Wallflower Press, 2004.


Lantern Mobilities, Early Popular Visual Culture, 2019

Folk Like Us: Emotional Movement from the Screen and the Platform in British Life Model Lantern Slide Sets, 1880-1910, Fonseca : Journal of Communication, vol. no. 16, Universidad de Salamanca, 2018, 115-133

Face Value: The Rhetoric of Facial Disfigurement in American Film and Popular Culture, 1917-27., Journal of War and Culture Studies, 2016

From Plato to Lumiere: Narration and monstration in literature and cinema, EARLY POPULAR VISUAL CULTURE, vol. 9, no. 3, 2011, 262-264

Go thou and do likewise: Advice to Lantern and Film Lecturers in the Trade Press, 1897-1909, Early Popular Visual Culture, vol. 8, no. 4, 2010, 419-430

Productive intermediality and the expert audiences of magic theatre and early film, EARLY POPUL VIS CULT, vol. 8, no. 1, ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD, 2010, 31-46

The Functions of Showmanship in Freak Show and Early Film, Early Popular Visual Culture, vol. 5, no. 1, 2007, 1-23

The Cinema of Affections: The Transformation of Authorship in British Cinema Before 1907, The Velvet Light Trap, vol. 57, no. 1, 2006, 3-16

The view from the top of Mont Blanc: The Alpine Entertainment in Victorian Britain, Living Pictures: The Journal of the Popular and Projected Image before 1914, vol. 2, no. 1, 2003, 21-45

The Lecture-Brokers: The Role of Impresarios and Agencies in the Global Anglophone Circuit for Lantern Lecturing, 1850-1920, Early Popular Visual Culture, Taylor & Francis (Routledge)


'Specterology': Gothic Showmanship in Nineteenth-Century Popular Shows and Media, in Townshend D, Wright A (eds) The Cambridge History of the Gothic, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020

The Battle of Attention in British Lantern Shows, 1880-1920, in kessler F, dellmann S (eds) A Million Pictures: Magic Lantern Slides in the History of Learning, Eastleigh: John Libbey, 2020, 51-62

Anna Mary Longshore Potts and the Anglophone Circuit for Lantern Lecturing in the Late Nineteenth Century, in Jolly M, deCourcy E (eds) The Magic Lantern at Work: Witnessing, Persuading, Experiencing and Connecting, Abingdon: Routledge, 2020, 138-156

The Strong Man (1926), in Neale S (eds) Silent Features Essays on Silent Feature-Length Films 1914-1934, Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2018

'A judge of anything and everything: Charles Urban and the Role of the Producer-Collaborator in Early British Film'., in Spicer A, McKenna AT, Meir C (eds) Beyond the Bottom-Line: The Producer in Film and Television Studies., London: Continuum, 2014, 27-44

Professional Lecturing in Early British Film Shows, in Davison A, Brown J (eds) The Sounds of the Silents in Britain, Oxford: OUP, 2012

Child's Play: Participation in Urban Space in Weegee's, Dassin's, and Debord's Versions of Naked City., in Carroll R (eds) Adaptation in Contemporary Culture: Textual Infidelities, London: Continuum, 2009, 72-85

Popular Sensations: Gaskell, Boucicault, and the IMP Film Co, in Popple S (eds) Visual Delights II: Exhibition and Reception, John Libbey, 2005, 46-59

David Lynch and the Mugshot: Facework in the Elephant man and the Straight Story, in Davison A, Sheen E (eds) The Cinema of David Lynch, London: Wallflower Press, 2004, 19-34

Face-to-face: The facial expressions genre in early British film, in Burton A, Porter L (eds) The showman, the spectacle and the two-minute silence, Trowbridge: Flicks Books, 2001, 28-39

It was not the show, it was the tale that you told: Early Film Lecturing on the British Fairground, in Popple S, Toulmin V (eds) Visual Delights: The Popular and Projected Image in the Nineteenth Century, Trowbridge: Flicks Books, 2000, 61-71


New work on cinema exhibition history, Early Popular Visual Culture, vol. 11, no. 3, 2013, 279-291


Photography and the lantern slide, 2015


The magic lantern: open medium, Early Popular Visual Culture, vol. 17, no. 1, 2019, 1-8

with Dellmann S, Shail A, Towards a non-discriminatory, inclusive use of language and images in our journal, Early Popular Visual Culture, vol. 15, no. 4, 2017, 393-404

with Plunkett J, Sullivan J, What is an exhibition culture?, Early Popular Visual Culture, vol. 8, no. 4, 2010, 347-350

Internet publications

Article in online arts magazine (US), 2016

RAMMBLE newsletter 'project Updates' in March 2015 and March 2016., 2015