John Singleton: The Soulful Auteur [Spring 2022 release]

deadline for submissions: 
April 30, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Joi Carr/Pepperdine University
contact email: 

Call For Papers: John Singleton: The Soulful Director [Spring 2022 release]

Abstract Deadline March 31, 2021, Extended to April 30, 2021

Manuscript Deadline August 31, 2021


Brief Description:  

John Singleton: The Soulful Director will traverse Singleton’s filmography, his creative voice and representative works. This book will provide an in-depth critical perspective on Singleton’s creative work as an auteur and his work as executive producer/producer from his critically acclaimed debut, Boyz N the Hood (1991) to his recent Snowfall TV Series (2019)The manuscript will examine Singleton’s creative impulse that is tethered to African American music and literature. How his creative voice—as a screenwriter-director to his role as an executive producer—is decidedly black.


The editor invites chapters from various disciplines/critical perspectives: theoretical, soci-political, theological, musicological, or film criticism. Chapters that interrogate the intertextuality of other related works of film, literature, and/or visual culture are welcome.  Explorations should consider the black vernacular aesthetic tradition and signifying, formal analysis (film), the audio/visual landscape of the film, masculinity, black female representation, race, or class as possible frames.


Chapter selections available: Rosewood (1997), Shaft (2000), Baby Boy (2001), Four Brothers (2005), Hustle & Flow (2005), Abduction (2011), or Snowfall: Original Pilot (2017)


Please submit a 100-150-word abstract and a 50-100 word biography by April 30, 2021. If invited, chapters should be 5,000-7,000 including the end credits and by August 31, 2021. Submissions should conform to The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition. 


Direct all questions, correspondence, and submissions to editor Joi Carr (