ReFocus: A Series of Film/American Studies Anthologies (update)
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, Budd Boetticher, and Paul Schrader.
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 directors, and please feel free to get in touch if there are other directors you’d like us to consider:
John G. Avildsen
The Coen Bros.
Roy Del Ruth
Herschell Gordon Lewis
Trinh T. Minh-ha
Alan J. Pakula
Woody Van Dyke
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Frances Smith, Frances.Smith@sussex.ac.uk
Robert Singer, email@example.com