ReFocus: Announcing a New Series of Film/American Studies Anthologies

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Edinburgh University Press

In 2015, the University of Edinburgh Press will launch a multivolume series of scholarly, refereed anthologies entitled ReFocus. Edited by Robert Singer (CUNY Graduate Center, Liberal Studies) and Gary D. Rhodes (Queens University, Belfast), each book in the series will focus on an overlooked American film director who worked in the studio system, independent cinema, experimental filmmaking, or documentary tradition.

ReFocus will feature 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. This series will consider any director who created a historical space, either in or out of the studio system, beginning with the origins of American cinema and continuing up to the present. This research may include work in other media, such as television.

The first four books in the series will cover the careers and films of George Cukor, Budd Boetticher, Fred Zinnemann, and Ida Lupino.

We will shortly begin soliciting proposals on-line for the Boetticher, Zinnemann, and Lupino editions, as well as for future volumes.

We are hopeful that proposals will appear on such filmmakers as Dorothy Arzner, William Castle, Fred Wiseman, Lionel Rogosin, Spencer Williams, Mervyn LeRoy, Rouben Mamoulian, Tobe Hooper, Robert Florey, Doris Wishman, Lizzie Borden, Amy Heckerling, Franklin Schaffner, and Woody van Dyke, among others.

If you are interested in editing such a volume, please attach a curriculum vitae to your abstract/proposal and email to both:

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

Robert Singer, Ph.D.
CUNY Graduate Center, Liberal Studies