Composition: British film and television, adaptation studies, composition, British cultural studies, film and television directors, media history, arts documentary
Kevin M. Flanagan received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015 in English/film studies (dissertation - The British War Film, 1939-1980: Culture, History, and, Genre). A book based on this project, called War Representation in British Cinema and Television: From Suez to Thatcher, and Beyond, was published in October 2019 by Palgrave.
In June 2016, he was a Guest Curator at the British Film Institute, where he co-programmed (with Matthew Harle) the "Architecture on TV" season. Flanagan and Harle's dossier on architectural programming on British television was published in Screen in 2018.
Flanagan contributed essays and an audio commentary to the critically acclaimed BFI blu-ray/DVD boxed set Ken Russell: The Great Composers (2016). Flanagan is editor of Ken Russell: Re-Viewing England's Last Mannerist (2009, Scarecrow Press) and has contributed essays to the Journal of British Cinema and Television, Framework, Critical Quarterly, South Atlantic Review, Adaptation, and many others. He contributed the "Videogame Adaptation" chapter to the Oxford Handbook of Adaptation Studies (2017, ed. Thomas Leitch) and has edited a special issue of Widescreen Journal on the same subject. He regularly reviews books for Choice, Film & History, and the Journal of Popular Cinema and Television.
He has forthcoming essays in anthologies or edited books on Ken Russell's engagement with Frankenstein; videogame adaptations related to H.P. Lovecraft; interiority and London cinema in films by expatriate directors; an exploration on paternalism and bohemian in London youth cinema focused on The Party's Over (1965); and an analysis of the "magic" of uncanny spaces in The Wicker Man (1973). Additionally, he has 10 entries in the forthcoming London's East End: A Short Encyclopedia (ed. Kevin A. Morrison).
He teaches courses in composition, rhetoric, and film.
He is currently writing a book of biographical sketches of outside, eccentric, and polymath figures in Post-War British cultural life. He is also writing a book on uncanny spaces and landscapes in post-war British cinema and television.
As of Fall 2021, he is preparing pieces for conferences or workshops on competing visions of the "retreat to medievalism" in contemporary film and television; an exploration of generational conflict in films about the Malayan Emergency; and an analysis of the "magic" of uncanny spaces in The Wicker Man (1973).
Flanagan, Kevin M., War Representation in British Cinema and Television: From Suez to Thatcher, and Beyond (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). Britain and the World Book Series.
Flanagan, Kevin M. “The hosted architectural documentary on British television: Ian Nairn and the personalization of place,” Screen 59.1 (Spring 2018): 114-121
Flanagan, Kevin M. “Videogame Adaptation.” In Thomas Leitch, ed. The Oxford Handbook of Adaptation Studies (New York: Oxford UP, 2017), 441-454
Flanagan, Kevin M., ed. Ken Russell: Re-Viewing England’s Last Mannerist (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press: 2009).
Journal Special Issues, as editor
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Books Reviewed for Choice
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Invited Blog Posts
2021 Summer Funding from the Center for Humanities Research, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, George Mason University - https://chr.gmu.edu/research/
B.A. - Literary and Cultural Studies, College of William and Mary '06
M.A. - English/Film Studies, North Carolina State University, '09
PH.D. - English/Film Studies, University of Pittsburgh, '15
"Screening War for Children in Post-Suez Britain," Virtual Talk and Book Release Event, Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, 7/3/20
“Nuancing the People’s War: Home Fires (2015-2016) and Expanded World War II Narratives,” Popular Culture Association Conference, Washington, D.C., 4/18/19
“Dunkirk (2017) and the Historiography of British War Films,” Britain and the World 2019 Conference, Kansas City, 4/13/19
“Problems in Marketing Transnational Film Productions: Localization and Global Audiences,” William & Mary Global Film Festival, 02/17/18
“Remixing World War II: Goodtimes Enterprises, Experimental Documentary and the British Film Industry in the 1970s,” Britain and the World 2017 Conference, Austin, TX, 4/7/17