CFP Collection: The Films of Dario Argento


Cited as an important influence to filmmakers from Quentin Tarantino to Gaspar Noé, Italian director Dario Argento occupies a curious position in film history. With a career spanning more than 40 years, in which he’s made more than 20 films, Argento has attracted relatively little critical attention in the academy. With the only sustained (English-language) book-length consideration of the director’s work being first released more than 20 years ago, this collection seeks to explore Argento’s films through a range of analytical and methodological approaches, and to offer new perspectives on the director’s body of work. In compiling a variety of international critical and scholarly voices, the collection hopes to provide a rigorous consideration of Argento’s work and to consider his wider cultural significance as a director.

Please note that this collection has been contracted with Wallflower Press (imprint of Columbia University Press) and a number of submissions have already been accepted.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

– Visual style and aesthetics
– Argento as auteur
– Film sound and Argento’s work
– The city and urban space in Argento’s films
– The body/corporeality in Argento’s films
– Issues of gender and sexuality
– Issues of genre and style
– New readings of violence in Argento’s work
– Cult film status and fandom
– Argento as influence
– Little considered Argento films (such as the most recent films)

Please submit a proposal of 300 – 400 words, along with a brief (50 word) bio attached. Accepted essays will be between 6,000 – 7,000 words, with full drafts due 30th November, 2013.

Send your proposal (as a Microsoft word attachment) by Friday 14th June 2013 to:
Alexia Kannas (RMIT Melbourne, Australia)


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