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Barbara Jane Brickman

Associate Professor


  • PhD, University of Rochester, 2005
  • MA, University of Georgia, 1999
  • BA, James Madison University, 1995


Barbara Jane Brickman is an Associate Professor of Media and Gender Studies at the University of Alabama. Her work has appeared in Camera ObscuraThe Journal of Film and VideoDiscourse, and Journal of Popular Music Studies. Since the publication of her first book, New American Teenagers: The Lost Generation of Youth in 1970s Film (2012), she has written a volume on the film Grease for Routledge’s Cinema and Youth Cultures series (2018) and has a new book coming out from Rutgers University Press in November 2023, Suffering Sappho! Lesbian Camp in American Popular Culture. She is also the founder and director of the Druid City Girls Media lab in Tuscaloosa, AL.

Selected Publications


  • Suffering Sappho! Lesbian Camp in American Popular Culture. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, November 2023.
  • Grease: Gender, Nostalgia and Youth Consumption in the Blockbuster Era. New York: Routledge, 2017.
  • New American Teenagers: The Lost Generation of Youth in 1970s Film. New York: Continuum Press, 2012.

Edited Collections

  • Love Across the Atlantic: US-UK Romance in Popular Culture. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2020.


  • “‘When Cameron Was in Egypt’s Land’: The Queer Child of Neglect in John Hughes’ Films.” Refocus: The Films of John Hughes, edited by Timothy Shary & Frances Smith, Edinburgh University Press, 2020, pp. 102-117.
  • “Queering Girlhood.” Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 12.1 (March 2019): xi-xv.
  • “Voyage to Camp Lesbos: Pulp Fiction and the Shameful Lesbian ‘Sicko’.” Sontag and the Camp Aesthetic: Advancing New Perspectives, edited by Bruce Drushel and Brian Peters, Lexington Books, 2017, pp. 3-28.
  • “This Charming Butch: The Male Pop Idol, Girl Fans, and Lesbian (in)Visibility.” Journal of Popular Music Studies 28.4 (December 2016): 443-459.
  • “‘A Strange Desire That Never Dies’: Monstrous Lesbian Camp in the Age of Conformity.” Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture 38.3 (Fall 2016). 356-389.
  • “Brothers, Sisters, and Chainsaws: The Slasher Film as Locus for Sibling Rivalry.” Quarterly Review of Film and Video 28.2 (Winter 2011):
  • “Portrait of an Artist as a Young Fan: Consumption and Queer Inspiration in Six Feet Under,” in Teen Television: Essays on Programming and Fandom. Eds. Sharon Ross and Louisa Stein. Jefferson, NC: McFarland P, 2008.
  • “Coming of Age in the 70s: Revision, Fantasy, and Rage in the Teen-Girl Badlands.” Camera Obscura 66 (Dec 2007): 25-58.
  • “Riot in Girls Town: Remaking, Revising, and Redressing the Teenpic.” Journal of Film and Video 59.4 (Winter 2007): 20-36.
  • “‘Delicate’ Cutters: Gendered Self-Mutilation and Attractive Flesh in Medical Discourse.” Body and Society 10.4 (December 2004): 87-111.