The Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film will be a two-volume work containing approximately 1100 entries on documentary film from around the world. It will include entries on individuals (directors, theorists); films and television documentaries; concepts and issues (postmodernism, marxism, feminism, anthropology/ethnography, psychoanalysis); styles and techniques (observation, interactivity, digitalization); themes and representations (art, science, crime, war); production companies and publications, as well as survey articles giving historical overviews and focusing on cross-disciplinary issues. The Encyclopedia will also be illustrated with photographs and several indexes.
List of Entries
The List of Entries, broken down into sections for convenience, can be viewed on the project’s website (http://www.fitzroydearborn.com/london/dfilm/intro.htm)
The entry list has been drawn up by the editor with advice from the project’s Board of Advisers, whose names appear on the website.
Within each broad subject area, the longer survey articles will provide points of entry into the subject, which will then, through cross-referencing, lead the reader on to entries on more specific topics within that area. Cross-referencing in the text will also allow “sideways” points of entry from other articles.
Format and approach of entries
Each entry will consist of an analytical essay (varying in length from 1000 to 5000 words) with a list of further reading, and, in the case of individuals, a separate short paragraph of biographical information. Sample essays can be examined on the website. These will provide potential contributors with information on the general structure and approach that we are looking for.
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