Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Authors Wanted: Disney Films on Sport, British History

Authors Wanted: Disney Films on Sport, British History

Authors are sought for two essays (2,500 words each) dealing with based-on-fact films released by Walt Disney Studios. The essays will complete an edited collection tentatively titled:
Beyond the Mouse: Disney's Documentaries and Docudramas. A publisher has expressed
interest in the project. The book is intended to appeal to a broad audience: historians, film scholars, and non-academic Disney fans. The essays should be interpretive (rather than simply
cataloging and describing the films), but written in an accessible, engaging style
without heavy jargon or theoretical apparatus.

Essay #1 will deal with Disney's based-on-a-true-story sports dramas of the 1990s and 2000s, including Miracle (about the 1980 US Olympic hockey team), The Rookie, Remember the Titans, Glory Road, and Invincible.

Essay #2 will deal with Disney's European-history adventures of the 1950s and 1960s: The Story of Robin Hood, The Sword and the Rose, Rob Roy: The Highland Rogue, and The Fighting Prince of Donegal.

Deadline for delivery of the manuscripts is negotiable, but will need to be in early 2008.

Inquiries from scholars in any relevant discipline (history, literature, American studies, film studies, etc.) and at any stage of their career are welcome. If interested, please email a brief
statement of interest (which essay?) and qualifications to:

Dr. A. Bowdoin Van Riper
Department of Social and International Studies
Southern Polytechnic State University
bvanripe@spsu.edu or