Talking About Pauline Kael

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Scarecrow Press, Stephen Ryan, Senior Editor, Arts and Literature
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Talking About Pauline Kael(Scarecrow Press essay collection; deadline for abstracts is June 1, 2013; accepted essays due October 15, 2013)

Calling for essays for a collection, Talking About Pauline Kael, which will examine how New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael's unique vision, writing style, or critical authority has, in any way,influenced the study of film, the role of film criticism, or even the teaching of film in the classroom. Kael was a singlular voice, regarded as influential in some circles, debunked and disputed in as many others. Regardless, how could anyone interested in film criticism in the last forty years not be aware of Kael's impact, for good or ill, on the nature and ambition of movie criticism? This collection seeks a wide range of opinion about Kael's criticism: postive, negative, and mixed. In the twenty years since she was last a regular reviewer(1968-93), one can certainly question if Kael's writing style, aesthetic sense, or fascination with the movies as both popular culture and art form has left lasting impact on the practice of American film criticsm.

This collection encourages a wide range of essays about a variety of topics in Kael's criticism, but seeks submissions about Kael's writing style, Kael and American film, Kael's fascination with actors, acting,or performance, and Kael as an accomplished essayist.

The editor welcomes propsals from both established and emerging teacher-scholars. Proposals of no more than 500 words and a CV should be sent to the volume editor, Wayne Stengel ( by June 1 to ensure consideration in the volume. Accepted authors should pan to deliver complete manuscripts (2,500-4,000 words) by October 15, 2013.