CFP: The Films of Jess Franco (Edited Volume) - Deadline July 30, 2014

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Call for Papers

Edited Volume: The Films of Jess Franco
Editors: Antonio Lázaro-Reboll (University of Kent) and Ian Olney (York College of Pennsylvania)

Jesús "Jess" Franco (1930-2013) is one of the most prolific and madly inventive filmmakers in the history of cinema. His remarkable career spanned more than half a century and produced almost two hundred films shot in Spain and across Europe. He is best known as the director of jazzy, erotically-charged horror movies featuring mad scientists, lesbian vampires, and women in prison, but dabbled in a multitude of genres from comedy to science-fiction to pornography. Although he made his career in the ghetto of low-budget exploitation cinema, he managed to create a body of work that is deeply personal, frequently political, and surprisingly poetic. Franco's offbeat films command a devoted cult following; they have even developed a mainstream audience in recent years, thanks to their release on DVD and Blu-Ray. To date, however, they have received relatively little scholarly attention. The Films of Jess Franco seeks to address this neglect by bringing together original essays on Franco and his movies written from a variety of different theoretical perspectives by noted scholars around the world. Ultimately, its aim is to encourage a reassessment of this critically undervalued director and his significant contributions to popular European cinema.

The editors of this proposed volume invite original essays on any aspect of Jess Franco's work; all theoretical approaches are welcome. Possible topics might include:

• Franco as Horror Auteur
• Gender and/or Race in Franco's Films
• Queer Franco
• The Franco Soundtrack
• Franco's Non-Horror Films
• Late Franco (Films of the 1990s and 2000s)
• Franco as Spanish Filmmaker
• Franco as Transnational Filmmaker
• Franco and the Art Film
• Franco's Influences
• Sex and Eroticism in Franco's Films
• Franco and Film Adaptation
• Performance and Stardom in Franco's Films
• The Politics of Franco's Films
• The Cult of Franco
• Franco's Legacy

Please send abstracts of 500 words to Antonio Lázaro-Reboll ( and Ian Olney ( by July 30, 2014. Final essays will be due January 30, 2015. Essays should be 6,000-8,000 words in length and should follow MLA guidelines for citation and documentation.