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, 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:

Jack Arnold
Darren Aronofsky
John G. Avildsen
Dorothy Arzner
Lloyd Bacon
Warren Beatty
William Beaudine
Richard Brooks
Clarence Brow
Charles Burnett
John Carpenter
The Coen Bros.
Martha Coolidge
Roger Corman
Joe Dante
Jules Dassin
Roy Del Ruth
Stanley Donen
Edward Dmytryk
Ava DuVernay
Nora Ephron
Roberta Findlay
Richard Fleischer
Robert Florey
John Frankenheimer
Antoine Fuqua
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
Nancy Meyers
Lewis Milestone
Trinh T. Minh-ha
Robert Mulligan
Sam Newfield
Alan J. Pakula
Arthur Penn
Sydney Pollack
Martin Ritt
Lionel Rogosin
Stuart Rosenberg
Joe Sarno
Franklin Schaffner
Don Siegel
John Singleton
Steven Soderbergh
Penelope Spheeris
George Stevens
Ben Stiller
Barbra Streisand
Norman Taurog
Woody Van Dyke
King Vidor
Raoul Walsh
William Wellman
Roland West
James Whale
Spencer Williams
Robert Wise
Frederick Wiseman
William Wyler

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,