ReFocus: A Series of Film/American Studies Anthologies

deadline for submissions: 
January 1, 2026
full name / name of organization: 
Edinburgh University Press
contact email: 

In 2015, the University of Edinburgh Press launched a multivolume series of scholarly, refereed anthologies entitled ReFocus. Edited by Drs. Robert Singer (CUNY) Gary D. Rhodes (University of Central Florida), and Frances Smith (University of Sussex), each book focuses on a critically overlooked American film director who worked in the studio system, independent cinema, experimental filmmaking, or documentary tradition. Volumes published so far in this series include: Preston Sturges, Amy Heckerling, Delmer Daves, Kelly Reichardt, Elaine May, Spike Jonze, William Castle, Barbara Kopple, and Budd Boetticher.

ReFocus features 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.

We are now soliciting on-line proposals by potential editors/authors for new ReFocus editions. We are especially interested in proposals for the following filmmakers: 

• Jack Arnold
• Darren Aronofsky
• Dorothy Arzner
• John G. Avildsen
• Lloyd Bacon
• Warren Beatty
• William Beaudine
• Frank Borzage
• Clarence Brow
• Charles Burnett
• The Coen Bros.
• Martha Coolidge
• Sofia Coppola
• Roger Corman
• James Cruze
• Joe Dante
• Julie Dash
• Jules Dassin
• Roy Del Ruth
• Maya Deren
• William Dickson
• Stanley Donen
• Ava DuVernay
• Woody Van Dyke
• Nora Ephron
• David Fincher
• Richard Fleischer
• Robert Florey
• Karl Freund
• Antoine Fuqua
• F. Gary Gray
• Barbara Hammer
• Hal Hartley
• Henry Hathaway
• Nicole Holofcener
• Tim Hunter
• Richard Kelly
• Irvin Kershner
• Henry King
• Stanley Kramer
• Mimi Leder
• Mervyn LeRoy
• Jerry Lewis
• Herschell Gordon Lewis
• Sydney Lumet
• Rouben Mamoulian
• Joseph Mankiewicz
• Anthony Mann
• Penny Marshall
• Archie Mayo
• Leo McCarey
• Wallace McCutcheon
• Trinh T. Minh-ha
• Lewis Milestone
• Robert Mulligan
• Sidney Olcott
• Alan J. Pakula
• Gordon Parks
• Arthur Penn
• Tyler Perry
• Sydney Pollack
• Edwin Porter
• Martin Ritt
• Lionel Rogosin
• Stuart Rosenberg
• Joe Sarno
• Nancy Savoca
• Franklin Schaffner
• Don Siegel
• John Singleton
• Robert Siodmak
• Edward Sloman
• Steven Soderbergh
• Penelope Spheeris
• Ben Stiller
• George Stevens
• Barbra Streisand
• Norman Taurog
• Julie Taymor
• King Vidor
• Raoul Walsh
• William Wellman
• Roland West
• Spencer Williams
• Robert Wise
• Frederick Wiseman
• Wallace Worsley
• William Wyler
• James Young Deer

• Suggest a director

If you are interested in editing/authoring such a volume, or have any related questions, please attach a curriculum vitae to your abstract/proposal and email to all three editors:

Gary D. Rhodes, gdrhodes@gmail.com
Robert Singer, rlsngr99@gmail.com
Frances Smith, Frances.Smith@sussex.ac.uk