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James Fenwick

Dr James Fenwick AFHEA

Senior Lecturer in Media

Summary

I'm a Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at Sheffield Hallam University and Course Leader for the BA Media Studies degree. I teach on a range of media modules and my research interests are varied, with a focus on the role of the producer in the digital era, the life and work of Stanley Kubrick and Kirk Douglas, the media industries and media representation of Sheffield, and unmade British and American film and television.

  • About

    Prior to working at Sheffield Hallam University, I worked at De Montfort University, UWE Bristol, and University of Derby. I also have industry experience, having worked for Northern Ireland Screen and, briefly, as an independent producer.

    Overall, I am interested in issues of power and representation in the media, particularly the film and television industries. My primary research is focused on the role of the producer in the media industries and the way in which industrial contexts impact on the business and creative processes of producers and production companies.

    In addition, I am interested in understanding how Northern cities in England, such as Sheffield, have utilised media and the media/creative industries to revitalise their regional economy and reinvent their national/global image. I am in the process of completing a monograph on The Full Monty (1997) that explores this theme.

    I am also interested in individual producers from an historical perspective. This includes Stanley Kubrick. I have published extensively on the life and work of Kubrick and I am currently completing a monograph, Stanley Kubrick Produces, for publication with Rutgers University Press. I am also interested in Kubrick fandom and the social media afterlife of Kubrick.

    Similarly, I have written about the life and work of Kirk Douglas and his work as a producer at his production company Bryna Productions. I received research funding from the European Association for American Studies in 2017 to visit the Kirk Douglas Papers held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and plan a monograph on Douglas in the near-future.

    Finally, I am currently co-editing a volume for Bloomsbury titled Shadow Cinema: Industrial and Production Contexts. The volume explores the topic of unmade film and television. This is a burgeoning area of research for me, with a focus on why it is that so many productions (and production companies) more typically fail than succeed. I am exploring the topic by looking at the USA both from an historic and contemporary perspective to ascertain the 'Hollywood that might have been', as well as exploring ways of bringing to life unmade scripts through public engagement events.

  • Teaching

    Department of Media Arts and Communication

    BA (Hons) Media

     MA Global Communication and Media

  • Research

    European Association for American Studies, Kirk Doulgas Papers, 2017

    Nias-Lorentz Program, Life and Legacy, Studying the Work of Stanley Kubrick, 2019

  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Fenwick, J. (2018). ‘Let this be Kubrick’s final word. Do you hear us Warner Bros.?’: Fan reception to the death of Stanley Kubrick and his final film, Eyes Wide Shut. The Journal of Fandom Studies, 6 (1), 21-32. http://doi.org/10.1386/jfs.6.1.21_1

    Fenwick, J., Hunter, I.Q., & Pezzotta, E. (2017). Stanley Kubrick: A Retrospective. Cinergie, 12. http://doi.org/10.6092/issn.2280-9481/7341

    Fenwick, J., Hunter, I.Q., & Pezzotta, E. (2017). The Stanley Kubrick Archive: A Dossier of New Research. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 37 (3), 367-372. http://doi.org/10.1080/01439685.2017.1342329

    Book chapters

    Fenwick, J. (2020). ‘‘Look, Ma, I’m A Corporation!’: United Artists and Kirk Douglas’s Bryna Productions 1955-1959’. In United Artists. Routledge

    Fenwick, J. (2019). Body Double. In Encyclopedia of Sexism in American Films. National Cinemas

    Fenwick, J. (2019). Eyes Wide Shut. In Encyclopedia of Sexism in American Films. National Cinemas

    Fenwick, J. (2018). Tsui Hark’s Film Workshop: Political Cues in the Gangster Film 1986-1989. In A Companion to the Gangster Film. Wiley-Blackwell

    Fenwick, J. (2018). A Clockwork Orange: Anthony Burgess’s (1962) Black Comedy and Stanley Kubrick’s Violent Grotesque (1971). In Gale Researcher Guide for: A Clockwork Orange: Anthony Burgess's Black Comedy (1962) and Stanley Kubrick's Violent Grotesque (1971). Gale, Cengage Learning

    Fenwick, J. (2018). Performing the man-ape in “The Dawn of Man”: Daniel Richter and the American Mime Theatre. In Understanding Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey: Representation and Interpretation. Intellect

    Fenwick, J. (2018). Forging New Perspectives. In Understanding Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey: Representation and Interpretation.

    Fenwick, J. (2017). “Freddie, can you talk?”: The Ethics of Betrayal in Frederic Raphael’s Memoir Eyes Wide Open. In British Autobiography in the 20th and 21st Centuries. Universitätsverlag

    Fenwick, J. (2017). The Eady Levy, “The Envy of Most Other European Nations”: Runaway Productions and the British Film Fund in the Early 1960s. In The Routledge Companion to British Cinema History. Taylor & Francis

    Books

    Fenwick, J. (2018). Understanding Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey Representation and Interpretation. Intellect Books.

    Internet Publications

    Fenwick, J. (2018). A day at the archives…The Kirk Douglas Papers, Wisconsin Historical Society. http://iamhist.net/2018/10/day-archives-kirk-douglas-papers-wisconsin-historical-society/

    Fenwick, J. (2017). A day at the archives…The Stanley Kubrick Archives, University of the Arts London (UAL). http://iamhist.net/2017/12/stanley-kubrick-archives/

    Exhibitions

    Fenwick, J., & Hunter, I.Q. (2016). Stanley Kubrick: Cult Auteur. Heritage Center, Leicester.

    Fenwick, J., & Hunter, I.Q. (2016). Stanley Kubrick: Cult Auteur. Heritage Center, Leicester.

    Presentations

    Fenwick, J. (2018). A Graphic Representation: Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange and Ballantine Books. Presented at: A Clockwork Symposium: A Clockwork Orange, New Perspectives, University of the Arts London

    Fenwick, J. (2018). A Transmedia Odyssey: Marvel Comics and the Expansion of the 2001: A Space Odyssey Universe. Presented at: International Kubrick Symposium, Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt

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