ReFocus: A Series of Film Studies Anthologies: The International Director

deadline for submissions: 
January 10, 2020
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Edinburgh University Press
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ReFocus: A Series of Film Studies Anthologies: The International Director

In 2015, the University of Edinburgh Press launched a multivolume series of scholarly, refereed anthologies entitled ReFocus: The American Directors Series. Each book focused on a critically overlooked American film director who worked in the studio system, independent cinema, experimental filmmaking, or documentary tradition.


The series editors, Dr. Gary D. Rhodes (Queens University, Belfast) and Dr. Robert Singer (CUNY Graduate Center, Liberal Studies), have already published volumes edited by leading film scholars on Preston Sturges, Delmer Daves, Budd Boetticher, and Amy Heckerling.


We are announcing a companion series to be published by the University of Edinburgh Press, ReFocus: The International Directors Series.


These ReFocus volumes, either single-authored or edited, will feature a series of contemporary methodological and theoretical approaches to the interdisciplinary analyses and interpretations of the work of international film directors, from the once-famous to the ignored, in direct relationship to his/her native culture --its myths, values, and historical precepts. This series will consider any director who created a historical space, either in or outside of the studio system, beginning with the origins of international cinema and continuing to the present. This research may include work in other media such as television.


We are now soliciting on-line proposals by potential editors/authors for new ReFocus editions. The author, or editor (even one of the editors) should have a reading knowledge of the language of the film-filmmaker. We are especially interested in proposals for the following filmmakers, and we would welcome your suggestions for other directors:


August Blom

Yevgeni Bauer

Manoel de Oliveira

Ann Hui

Guru Dutt

Kinji Fukasaku

Gaspar Noe

Alejandro Inarritu

Robert Siodmack

F.W. Murnau

Ousmane Sembene

Max Ophuls

Jan Svankmajer

Ernst Lubistch

Peter Weir

Michael Apted

Jane Campion

Mike Figgis

Stephen Frears

Lena Wertmuller

Chen Kaige

Vittorio DeSica

Claude Autant-Lara

Rene Clement

Leni Riefenstahl

Agnieszka Holland

Lucrecia Martel

Nicolas Refn

Lucio Fulci

Gerhard Lamprecht

Toshio Matsumoto

Nagisa Oshima

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Pedro Costa

Jafar Panahi

Youssef Chahine

Michel Khleifi

Jocelyne Saab

Elia Suleiman

Djibril Mambety

Haile Gerima

Deepa Mehta

Bimal Roy

Tran Anh Hung

Gurinder Chadha

Vera Chytilova

Larisa Shepitko

Ronit Avni

Olivier Assayas



 If you are interested in editing or writing such a volume, please attach a curriculum vitae to your 200-250 word abstract/proposal and email to both:

Gary D. Rhodes, The Queen's University of Belfast

Robert Singer, CUNY Graduate Center, Liberal Studies