Professor Nathan Abrams

Professor in Film

Contact info

Tel: + 44 (0)1248382196 
Email: n.abrams@bangor.ac.uk
Twitter: @ndabrams; https://bangor.academia.edu/NathanAbrams

Overview

In addition to being a Professor in Film at Bangor University, I am also the lead director for the Centre for Film, Television and Screen Studies. I co-convene the British Jewish Contemporary Cultures network. I lecture, write and broadcast widely (in English and Welsh) on British and American popular culture, history film and intellectual culture. I co-founded Jewish Film and New Media: An International Journal.

My most recent books are Kubrick: Odyssey (with Robert Kolker; Faber & Faber/Pegasus, 2024); Alien Legacies: The Evolution of the Franchise (edited with Greg Frame; forthcoming from Oxford University Press); Eyes Wide Shut: Behind Stanley Kubrick's Masterpiece (edited with Georgina Orgill; Liverpool University Press, 2023); New Wave, New Hollywood: Reassessment, Recovery, and Legacy (edited with Greg Frame, Bloomsbury Academic, 2021), The Bloomsbury Companion to Stanley Kubrick (edited with I.Q. Hunter, Bloomsbury Academic, 2021), Eyes Wide Shut: Stanley Kubrick and the Making of His Final Film (with Robert Kolker, Oxford University Press, 2019), Stanley Kubrick: New York Jewish Intellectual (Rutgers University Press, 2018), Hidden in Plain Sight: Jews and Jewishness in British Film, Television, and Popular Culture (Northwestern University Press, 2016), and The New Jew in Film: Exploring Jewishness and Judaism in Contemporary Cinema (IB Tauris; Rutgers University Press, 2012).

I am also interested in issues of sustainability and the environment, exploring the problem of single-use plastic pollution and its solution. 

Research

I have written widely on transatlantic Jewish film, history, politics and popular culture with specific reference to the United States and the United Kingdom. My current research falls into three key areas:

  • Jews, Jewishness and Judaism in Popular Culture, 1990–present -- recent and changing representations of Jewishness as ethnicity and religion in contemporary cinema and other forms of popular culture.
  • Public Intellectuals and American Culture -- exploring, theorising and widening the notion of the function of the intellectual in post-war America, with a specific focus on Norman Podhoretz, neoconservatives, Commentary magazine, the New York Intellectuals, Arthur Miller and Stanley Kubrick.
  • Belonging and Diasporas in Europe -- Jewish Diasporic communities in Europe with a particular emphasis on the UK.
  • Sustainability and the Environment -- research into messaging, representations, semiotics and solving the issue of single-use plastic pollution with a focus on disposable masks and energy drinks. 

 I am co-coordinator of the British Jewish Contemporary Cultures Network

Teaching and Supervision

I would be interested in supervising postgraduates in any of the areas in which I teach and research. Current and previous topics include David Cronenberg's Jewishness; The Iraq War on Film; Stanley Kubrick as a musician; Stanley Kubrick and the Holocaust; Steven Spielberg's Jewishness; DreamWorks Animation; Childhood in the Films of Stanley Kubrick; Jewish Women in 21st-century sitcoms; The Planet of Apes as History; Stereotypes of Wales and the Welsh on Film; The Jews of Bangor and Llandudno; The Jewish Diaspora in Wales; Jews in Italian Cinema; and Washing and Clotheslines on Film.

I teach at the Master's level in Film Studies. I am also responsible for the following undergraduate modules:

  • Stanley Kubrick: Producer and Director
  • Advanced Film History: America
  • Film Language
  • Film History

Postgraduate Project Opportunities

American Studies and History

Film Studies

Film History

Jewish Studies and History

Stanley Kubrick

Celtic Jewish Studies

British Jewish History

Sustainability and the Environment

Contact Info

Tel: + 44 (0)1248382196 
Email: n.abrams@bangor.ac.uk
Twitter: @ndabrams; https://bangor.academia.edu/NathanAbrams

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