We are currently soliciting abstracts for The Films of Barbara Kopple, one of the scholarly editions to be published by the University of Edinburgh Press in a new series of anthologies examining overlooked American film directors. Series editors are Robert Singer and Gary D. Rhodes.
Almost no student can read a textbook or history of documentary cinema without encountering the words “Barbara Kopple” and “Harlan County USA”; however, most references to Kopple are cursory, often as part of broader discussions of direct cinema and/or female filmmakers. To date, no monograph or essay collection exists on Kopple, and few full-length articles are available. The Films of Barbara Kopple will begin to fill in these gaps with new research that combines biography, historical and cultural contexts, close analyses, and assessments of Kopple’s reputation and place in documentary cinema.
The collection’s editors, Jeff Jaeckle and Susan Ryan, have already assembled a stellar team that includes Bill Nichols, John Corner, Paula Rabinowitz, Keith Beattie, Leger Grindon, Tom Zaniello, Heather McIntosh, Kate Hearst, and Augusta Palmer.
We are now in search of contributors to helm the book’s closing chapters on Kopple’s critical reception and reputation. How have Kopple's Academy Award wins shaped her reputation over the last forty years? How have her episodic television and commercial spots affected her reception by film scholars and critics? What are her chief impacts on nonfiction cinema, including her legacy with respect to contemporaries such as Albert and David Maysles, Frederick Wiseman, Errol Morris, or Werner Herzog? These are the types of questions we hope these chapters could address; final drafts will be approximately 5,000 to 8,000 words.
Please email your curriculum vitae and 150-word abstract to Jeff Jaeckle ([log in to unmask]) by Friday, March 17, 2017.
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