ReFocus: A Series of Film/American Studies Anthologies (update)

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2027
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 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, mainstream 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:


  • Julie Dash
  • Martha Coolidge
  • Joe Sarno
  • Susan Seidelman
  • Archie Mayo
  • Sydney Pollack
  • John Singleton
  • Irvin Kershner
  • Stuart Rosenberg
  • Franklin Schaffner
  • Sydney Lumet
  • William Wyler
  • Frederick Wiseman
  • Richard Linklater
  • Steven Soderbergh
  • Darren Aronofsky
  • David Fincher
  • Wes Anderson
  • The Coen Bros.
  • Lionel Rogosin
  • Spencer Williams
  • Nora Ephron
  • Mervyn LeRoy
  • Rouben Mamoulian
  • Robert Florey
  • Woody Van Dyke
  • Joseph Mankiewicz
  • Trinh T. Minh-ha
  • Antoine Fuqua
  • Jerry Lewis
  • Penelope Spheeris
  • Nicole Holofcener
  • Nancy Meyers
  • Mimi Leder
  • Charles Burnett
  • Barbra Streisand
  • Warren Beatty
  • Dorothy Arzner
  • Hal Hartley
  • Richard Kelly
  • Joe Dante
  • Tim Hunter
  • Penny Marshall
  • Ben Stiller
  • John G. Avildsen
  • Lloyd Bacon
  • William Beaudine
  • Richard Brooks
  • Clarence Brow
  • Jules Dassin
  • Edward Dmytryk
  • Stanley Donen
  • Richard Fleischer
  • John Frankenheimer
  • Henry Hathaway
  • Tobe Hooper
  • Henry King
  • Stanley Kramer
  • Herschell Gordon Lewis
  • Anthony Mann
  • Leo McCarey
  • Lewis Milestone
  • Robert Mulligan
  • Alan J. Pakula
  • Arthur Penn
  • Martin Ritt
  • Roy Del Ruth
  • Don Siegel
  • George Stevens
  • Norman Taurog
  • King Vidor
  • Raoul Walsh
  • William Wellman
  • Roland West
  • Robert Wise
  • 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,

Frances Smith, 

Robert Singer,