ReFocus: The Films of Sam Raimi

deadline for submissions: 
December 1, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
University of Edinburgh Press
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Call for Papers


ReFocus: The Films of Sam Raimi


Sam Raimi was a fan of cinema since his earliest years and before he was ten years old, he was making movies with an 8mm camera. From Within the Woods (1978), the short that led to The Evil Dead (1981) and the ongoing saga of Ash (Bruce Campbell), to such genre-bending and genre-transcending work as The Quick and the Dead (1996), A Simple Plan (1998) and For Love of the Game (1999) to the Spider-Man trilogy (2002, 2004, 2007), which predate the MCU yet set the tone for the films to come, Raimi has demonstrated himself to be a versatile and inventive director, knowledgeable in genre, style, form, and cinema history. 


We are currently soliciting abstracts of approximately 100 words for essays to be included in a book-length anthology on Sam Raimi’s cinema to appear in 2021.  As this volume will be the first comprehensive study in English of all of Raimi’s work through Ash vs. Evil Dead, this collection seeks to contextualize, problematize and theorize his entire canon, with a desired focus on his underrepresented films.  Essays may focus on a single film, group of films, themes and topics that pervade his work, his television directing or influence.


Essays accepted and included in the refereed anthology should be approximately 6,000 to 7,000 words referenced in Chicago endnote style.


The Films of Sam Raimi will be a scholarly volume published in the University of Edinburgh’s ReFocus series, examining American film directors.  Series editors are Robert Singer, Gary D. Rhodes, and Frances Smith. ReFocus features a series of contemporary methodological and theoretical approaches to the interdisciplinary analyses and interpretations of the work of these American directors, from the once-famous to the ignored, in direct relationship to American culture --its myths, values, and historical precepts. 


Please attach a curriculum vitae and abstract and email by December 1, 2019 to both editors:


Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr.


Ron Riekki