Call for Contributions : Bonnie & Clyde


Serge Gainsbourg & Brigitte Bardot, Bonnie & Clyde (1968)

The editor of a new Critical Insights FILM volume on Arthur Penn’s 1967 film, Bonnie and Clyde, seeks contributors to write chapters on any topic on the film.

Critical Insights FILM is a new multi-volume series that offers original introductory criticism on key directors and individual films that are used in teaching at the advanced high school and the undergraduate level. The quality of scholarship and the level of analysis for this series are designed to provide the best and most well-rounded overviews of the directors and films covered. Each volume is peer edited by a scholar in the field. The result is a collection of authoritative, in-depth scholarly essays, written with clarity and avoiding excessive jargon, for students and teachers alike. All chapters are written as original material and include an MLA-style “Works Cited” section and citations embedded in the text.

Published and distributed by Salem Press, new volumes in the series are solicited and edited by Grey House Publishing. The publisher owns the copyright of all submissions to its volumes.

Topics of interest might include Bonnie and Clyde and gangster film, American masculinity, the film’s very significant influence on fashion, relationship to the historical Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, “lovers on the lam” films, relationship to the French New Wave, reception of the film in non-North American markets, cinematography, sound, montage. The editor is particularly interested in receiving a chapter covering this film’s significant impact on fashion and the contemporary coverage of this interpenetration of markets.

**Specific slightly shorter (4000-5000 words) essays are requested that focus on the film’s critical reception, on its relationship to its time, and a comparative analysis of two or three films across the genre represented by the film. The comparative analysis chapter might consider The Bonnie Parker Story (dir. William Witney, 1958), Bonnie and Clyde, and the 2013 A&E Network miniseries, Bonnie and Clyde, directed by Bruce Beresford.**

Final drafts of chapters of approximately 5000-5500 words will be due on October 15, 2015.

Contributors will receive a token compensation upon the submission of completed chapters.

To contribute, please send a proposed title and a short abstract (250 words or less) of the proposed chapter along with a short bio (150 words) by July 15, 2015, to Rebecca Martin at Please also feel free to send any questions.


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