CFP A Collection of Essays on Christopher Nolan


Over the past fifteen years, writer, producer and director Christopher Nolan has emerged from the margins of independent British cinema to become one of the most commercially successful directors in Hollywood. In particular Nolan has earned a reputation as a director able to extend the boundaries of mainstream film production. From his debut feature Following (1998) to The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Nolan’s films remain thematically and stylistically consistent while also demonstrating a continued evolution and innovation in terms of visual style, storytelling and technology, both artistically and within an industrial context.

Bringing together academic work from a range of disciplines, this proposed collection seeks to explore Nolan’s filmmaking, including his visual, narrative and thematic preoccupations, from a variety of perspectives and using a range of analytical and methodological approaches. These might include textual analysis, reception studies, film theory and criticism, narrative theory, psychoanalysis, philosophy and other methods in cultural studies. The collection has received very strong ‘in principle’ interest from Wallflower Press (now an imprint of Columbia University Press).

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
• Adaptation
• The analysis of individual films
• Archetypes
• Auteurship
• The body
• The carnivalesque
• The city
• Cult film and fandom
• Gender, race, class and sexuality
• Genre and style
• The hero’s journey
• Iconography
• Media convergence
• Morality
• Narrative
• Philosophy
• The postmodern
• Post 9/11
• Psychoanalysis
• The soundscape
• Technology
• Trauma
• Visual style and aesthetics

Please submit a proposal of approximately 300 words. Each proposal should include a 50 word bio. Accepted essays will be approximately 6,000-7,000 words. Send your 300-word proposal (as an attachment in Word) by Friday 28th June 2013 to both:

Jacqueline Furby, Ph.D.
Southampton Solent University
East Park Terrace
Southampton, Hampshire
S014 OYN / United Kingdom


Stuart Joy, MA
Southampton Solent University
East Park Terrace
Southampton, Hampshire
S014 OYN / United Kingdom


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