Liminal Noir: Case Studies of Genre-bending Classics

deadline for submissions: 
January 31, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Elyce Rae Helford / Middle Tennessee State University
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This edited scholarly collection seeks to explore the ongoing usefulness of the noir label through attention to less heralded films that straddle genres, are difficult to categorize, or have been limited in academic study because of their identification with a single genre, style, star, or director. Our goal is not to expand the noir canon but to recover lost nuances and give new life to specific classical era (1930s-1959) films by exploring them through a noir lens.
Each chapter will be a case study of an individual film, explored through elements and/or theories of film noir that suit the contributor. Other films may be mentioned, but the focus should be on the value of a noir approach to new understandings of the individual film. We seek new, original work only; no reprints.
We welcome submissions by film scholars at all levels.
While we anticipate receiving many submissions on Hollywood cinema, we encourage work on collection-relevant international films. Co-editors: Elyce Rae Helford and Christopher Weedman Complete details with deadlines at