Critical Companions to Contemporary Directors

deadline for submissions: 
April 15, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Prof. Adam Barkman, Dr. Antonio Sanna
contact email: 

Critical Companions to Contemporary Directors SERIES



The series covers many directors who have not been studied previously in academic publications and whose works nonetheless are highly renowned nowadays. The intent of the series is to offer interesting and illuminating interpretations of the various directors’ films that will be accessible to both scholars of the academic community and critically-minded fans of the directors’ works. Each volume combines discussions of a director’s oeuvre from a broad range of disciplines and methodologies, thus offering the reader a variegated and compelling picture of the directors’ works. In this sense, the volumes will be of interest (and will be instructive) for students and scholars engaged in subjects as different as film studies, literature, philosophy, popular culture studies, religion and others. We welcome proposals for both monographs and edited collections that offer interdisciplinary analyses, focusing on the complete oeuvre of one contemporary director per volume. Proposals may include (but are certainly not limited to) the following directors:

J.J. Abrams;

Woody Allen;

Dario Argento;

Pupi Avati;

Michael Bay;

Luc Besson;

Katryn Bigelow;

Kenneth Branagh;

John Carpenter;

Chris Columbus;

Francis Ford Coppola;

David Cronenberg;

Joe Dante;

Claire Denis;

Brian De Palma;

Richard Donner;

Clint Eastwood;

Roland Emmerich;

Tobe Hooper;

Ron Howard;

John Landis;

Spike Lee;

George Lucas;

Michael Mann;

Hayao Miyazaki;

Roman Polanski;

Michael Polish;

Sam Raimi;

Guy Ritchie;

Robert Rodriguez;

Brian Singer;

Zack Snyder;

Oliver Stone;

Quentin Tarantino;

Lars von Trier;

the Wachowskis;

James Wan;

Franco Zeffirelli;

Edward Zwick.


We will gladly welcome any queries by prospective authors/editors for the preparation of a proposal. Please contact Prof. Adam Barkman ( and Dr. Antonio Sanna ( To directly submit a manuscript for consideration, please send the following:

  • a prospectus (see below for details)
  •  writing sample (introduction and/or one body chapter)
  •  your curriculum vitae


The prospectus should include:

  1. A description of the book, describing the core themes, arguments, issues, goals, and/or topics of the work, what makes it unique and original, what questions it seeks to answer, and why you are qualified to write it (2-5 pages).
  2. A table of contents.
  3. An abstract for each chapter (300 to 500 words).
  4. If you are proposing a contributed volume, please include titles, affiliations, and brief resumes for each of the contributors.
  5. A description of your target audience.
  6. An analysis of competing or similar books (including publishers and dates), describing distinctive and original elements of your project that set it apart from these other works.
  7. An indication of whether any part of your manuscript has been published previously, and if it is a doctoral dissertation, what changes you are proposing to prepare it for publication.
  8. The length of the manuscript either as a word count or a page count (12-point type, double-spaced 8 1/2" 10. by 11" pages).
  9. Will there be figures, tables, or other non-text material, and, if so, approximately how many?
  10. If the text is not complete, please still estimate its final length, not including the non-text material. Also, if the manuscript is not complete, add an estimation of when it will be finished. Is there a particular date by which you hope the book will be published (due to a historical anniversary, conference, etc.)?
  11. The names of four to seven respected scholars in your field with whom you have no personal or professional relationship. Include their titles, affiliations, e-mail addresses, and/or mailing addresses.
  12. An indication of whether the manuscript is under consideration by other publishers.




Adam Barkman (PhD, Free University of Amsterdam) is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Redeemer University College. His primary focus is on aesthetics and the philosophy of film. He is the author or co-editor of a dozen books, including Making Sense of Islamic Art & Architecture (Thames & Hudson, 2015), The Philosophy of Ang Lee (University Press of Kentucky, 2013), and four edited volumes with Lexington, most recently A Critical Companion to Robert Zemeckis (Lexington, 2020). He has also published a hundred articles, with more than half being on the philosophical analysis of film and related cultural artifacts, and has lectured widely across North America, Europe and Asia on film-related themes.

Antonio Sanna completed his Ph.D. at the University of Westminster in London in 2008. His main research areas are English literature, Gothic literature, horror films and TV, epic and historical films, superhero films and cinematic adaptations. In the past twelve years he has published about ninety articles and reviews in international journals. Antonio is the co-editor of theLexington Books’ Critical Companions to Tim Burton (2017), James Cameron (2018), Steven Spielberg (2019) and Robert Zemeckis (2020). He has also edited the volumes Pirates in History and Popular Culture (McFarland, 2018), Critical Essays on Twin Peaks: The Return (Palgrave, 2019), Arthur Machen: Critical Essays (Lexington, 2021) and Alice in Wonderland in Film and Popular Culture (Palgrave, 2022).