Department of English

Adam Lowenstein

Associate Professor of English and Film Studies


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Adam Lowenstein works on issues relating to the cinema as a mode of historical, cultural, and aesthetic confrontation. His teaching and research link these issues to the relays between genre films and art films, the construction of national cinemas, and the politics of spectatorship, with particular attention to American, British, Canadian, French, and Japanese cases.

He is the author of Shocking Representation: Historical Trauma, National Cinema, and the Modern Horror Film (Columbia University Press, 2005). His essays have appeared in Cinema Journal, Critical Quarterly, and Post Script, as well as the anthologies Hitchcock: Past and Future (ed. Richard Allen and Sam Ishii-Gonzáles, 2004), Trauma and Cinema: Cross-Cultural Explorations (ed. E. Ann Kaplan and Ban Wang, 2004) and British Cinema, Past and Present (ed. Justine Ashby and Andrew Higson, 2000). He is an interviewed scholar in The American Nightmare (2000), a documentary investigation of 1960's and 1970's American horror films directed by Adam Simon and co-produced by Colin MacCabe for The Independent Film Channel. Among his current projects is a book manuscript concerning cinematic spectatorship, surrealism, and the age of new media; this research has been supported through a Howard Foundation fellowship (2005-2006).


Graduate Courses

  • Cinema/Photography/New Media
  • Cinema and Trauma
  • David Cronenberg: Genre/Art/Nation
  • Surrealism and Cinema
  • Film History/Theory
  • Film Seminars

Undergraduate Courses

  • Film Directors: David Cronenberg and Wes Craven
  • Horror Film: The Classic Era, 1910-1960
  • Horror Film: The Modern Era, 1960-2001
  • Film and Literature: Representing the Vietnam War
  • Film and Literature: E.A. Poe, H.G. Wells, and the Nature of the Fantastic
  • Hitchcock’s Films
  • Science Fiction Film
  • Advanced Seminar
  • Film Analysis
  • World Film History
  • Introduction to Film Genres
  • Film Seminars

Other Duties & Service

  • Associate Director, Film Studies Program
  • Member, Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate Leadership Team
  • Faculty Coordinator, Pittsburgh Film Colloquium
  • Member, Film Studies Committee
  • Member, Graduate Advising Committee
  • Member, Graduate Procedures Committee
  • Member, Ad Hoc Committee on Graduate Admissions
  • Member, Graduate Admissions Committee
  • Member, Ad Hoc Committee on MA Core Courses
  • Member, Personnel Committee