The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914-1945

Special Issue CFP: Cinema in the Space Between: An International Approach

2020 Special Issue
Cinema in the Space Between: An International Approach

Deadline for submission: December 31, 2019

This special issue (planned for 2020) will address the emergence of world cinema between 1914 and 1945. We seek essays that are comparative, transnational, or devoted to issues within a distinctive cinematic tradition. Essays should employ digital media to illustrate cinematic perspective on the space between.

In the first half of the twentieth century, film both mirrored reality and distorted it, producing the most popular form of entertainment of the period. Did film then record modernity or create it? Is there space between an emerging modernist response and the techniques and depictions of cinema? What is the relationship between film and modernism/modernity? This special issue intends to raise such thematic and theoretical questions.

Similarly, is there space between film and literature? What is the relationship between the two seen, for example, in the Golden Age of Hollywood with its reliance on the concurrent phenomena of the best seller or adaptation of canonical works? Did film change the perception of literature and its use?

In the era of the two world wars and the space between them, cinema registered conflict and propaganda encouraged it. What is the relationship of cinema to Fascism in that period? What role did exilic and diasporic cinema play in the interwar period? Does cinema innately encourage border crossings of movement and identity, both sexual as well as national? Is it inherently transnational or permeated with nationalism and questions of national identity?

Sound provided cinema with its watershed moment in the space between. How did breaking the sound barrier change cinema? In what ways artistically? Politically? Technologically? In terms of gender and its depiction?

We are seeking contributions that explore these issues or raise others to permit new approaches and original perspectives on the emergence of this modernist art form in the space between.

Please submit essays of 6,000–7,500 words in Times New Roman 12 pt. font, using MLA style, to the guest co-editors Sarah Cornish ( and Alexis Pogorelskin ( by December 31, 2019. We welcome queries and proposed topics prior to submission and will provide advice and comment. All digital images, film stills, and media files should be sent separately (not embedded in documents or PDFs). For further details and past issues, see the general guidelines for submission.

Note: Please include a brief bio, keywords, and abstract with your submission. The journal’s platform supports all types of files and media. Be adventuresome!