DEADLINE EXTENSION: Call for Book Chapters on Ridley Scott’s Gladiator: In Recognition of the Twentieth Anniversary of the Film

deadline for submissions: 
May 19, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
St. Thomas University
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Vernon Press invites chapter proposals on the theme: “A Hero Will Endure”: Essays at the Twentieth Anniversary of Gladiator for an edited collection. All areas of study, with a common goal of representing the cultural and material impact of the film since its release in May 2000.

Martin M. Winkler edited a collection about Gladiator regarding its historical and media aspects. There are also several single essays about psychological (Skweres), political, or cultural issues related to the film. Nevertheless, there have been no other collections on the cultural and social impact of the film since its release. With the twentieth anniversary approaching in 2020, the time is right for presenting new insights about this award-winning film.

Specific topics that the editor is seeking to round out the collection include:

  • Depictions of the environment in the film
  • Depictions of nonhuman animals in the film (i.e. tigers)
  • Insights and innovative interpretations of characters besides Maximus (Commodus, Juba, Proximo, Gracchus, the senators, Lucilla, Lucius Verus)
  • Material and pop cultural aspects of fandom (posters, collectibles, other influences)
  • Cosplay and convention events

First drafts due by July 1, 2020.

How to submit your proposal

Please submit one-page abstracts/proposals to including a short biographical note. More information on what we look for in a proposal is available on our website.


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Skweres, Artur. “The Coliseum is Not for Introverts: The Case of Ridley Scott’s Gladiator.” From An introvert in an Extrovert World: Essays on the Quiet Ones. Ed. Myrna Santos. JSTOR. Web. 9 May 2018.

Winkler, Martin M. Gladiator: Film and History. Blackwell Publishing. 2005.