Blackwell Companion to Historical Film (05/01/10)

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Call for Contributions
The Blackwell Companion to the Historical Film
Editors: Robert A Rosenstone, California Institute of Technology
Constantin Parvulescu, Washington University in St Louis

The editors invite contributions to The Blackwell Companion to Historical Film, a volume of 25 to 30 essays devoted to the latest scholarship on the origins, contributions, history, range, codes, strategies, poetics, politics, tropes, production, packaging, and cultural impact of this important genre, the dramatic historical feature film. The Companion will be a major work which will survey the field as it exists today and also be suitable as a textbook for history-on-film and film-studies classes. The collection focuses only on feature films, and will include essays by both leading and emerging scholars in the fields of history, cinema studies, cultural studies, and other fields that have something to offer this inherently interdisciplinary topic. Scholars such as Robert Burgoyne, Marcia Landy, and Catherine Portugues, Paula Rabinowitz, Alison Landsberg, Denise Youngblood, and Guy Westwell have already committed themselves to essays for the volume.

We are currently seeking essays on particular topics, but scholars interested in contributing to the collection need not limit themselves to these themes but should feel free to suggest anything related to the genre of the historical film:

• American history (especially 18 and 19th centuries) on film
• African-American and American-Indian history on film
• Exile and diaspora historical films
• Cinematic adaptations of historical novels
• Minor histories and minor heroes on film
• The historical film and the national mythology (outside Europe)
• History on film and history on other media, including animation
• Production and marketing of historical films

Those who wish to contribute should send a working title, a brief description of the proposed essay and a short bio to both editors: and Essays are to be between 8,000 and 10,000 words long; they will be due on March 1, 2011.

Abstracts submission deadline: May 1, 2010.