Call for Author/Editor: The Encyclopedia of American War Films, 1939-1945

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A. Bowdoin Van Riper/Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group is seeking an author or editor for a reference book with a working title of The Encyclopedia of American War Films, 1939-1945. The Encyclopedia is designed to serve as a comprehensive, scholarly reference on Hollywood's films about the Second World War that were released during the war years. The core of the work will be a set of individual entries—ranging from 500 to 2000 words—on the roughly 300 war-related feature films produced between 1939 and 1945. These entries will include basic production and plot information about the films they cover, but will primarily be interpretive and analytical, relating the films to wartime events, production trends, and cultural norms. Further information, including a sample entry and a list of the ~300 "core films," is available at

Non-feature-length films (serials, cartoons, documentaries, and live-action shorts) will be substantially more selective and/or limited. Prospective authors and editors are invited to outline their ideas for handling such films in their proposals. Final decisions about coverage will be worked out by the volume author/editor in consultation with Rowman & Littlefield.

The length of the finished Encyclopedia is projected to be in the range of 200,000 to 225,000 words. Delivery of the completed manuscript by 1 September 2015, for publication in early 2016, is desired.

The publishers are open to producing the Encyclopedia either as a single- or dual-author book -- along the lines of A. Bowdoin Van Riper's Biographical Encyclopedia of Scientists and Inventors in American Film and TV since 1930 (2011) or James Welsh and Donald Whaley's The Oliver Stone Encyclopedia (2012) -- or as a project in which one or two editors recruit, and oversee the work of, a pool of contributors. Proposals for either approach are welcome, and will be given equal consideration. Volume authors or editors will receive royalties under a standard Rowman & Littlefield contract, but prospective editors should be aware that Rowman & Littlefield cannot compensate the authors of individual reference book entries.

Scholars interested in authoring or editing the Encyclopedia are invited to submit a proposal that includes the following:

• A statement of experience and qualifications relevant to the project

• A discussion of how they would incorporate live-action shorts, serials, cartoons, and other non-feature-length films into the Encyclopedia

• A list of films from the "core list" that should be considered for medium (1000-word) or long (2000-word) entries.

• Sample entries for any two films from the list

Proposals will be accepted until the position is filled, but those received by 1 March 2014 are guaranteed full consideration

Queries & Proposals To: Dr. A. Bowdoin Van Riper,