Rosie White is Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Literature, Theory and Popular Culture at Northumbria University, UK. Her research interests include the novels of Michele Roberts, violent women in popular fiction, film and television, and representations of women spies in popular culture. Her book, Violent Femmes: Women as Spies in Popular Culture was published by Routledge in 2008 and she is currently developing a monograph on women and television comedy for IB Tauris. For more details see: