New Book & Hire Me!

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Bright Star

The Edge of Love

I received an email from an editor at Wiley Blackwell informing me that a book I contributed to has been published, and will be available soon in bookstores. This book is quite expensive, and will most probably be used as a university textbook, but I do want to share details about it here (I should probably mention however that the paperback version, which will be published later, will be MUCH cheaper). It feels like so much of the work I do is for a selective and small audience, and I often feel frustrated that it won’t reach more people. At the same time though, I understand the importance of publishing years’ worth of research in concrete form. So much of my writing and research is shared via a balancing act of what will be published in print form and what gets published on this blog. I like this balancing act, because it’s like a bridge.

The book is called A Companion to the Historical Film, published by Wiley Blackwell, and edited by Robert A. Rosenstone and Constantin Parvulescu. Robert Rosenstone is a historian whose work I often read when I was doing my PhD. To be accepted by him for a book collection was a great thrill. He’s also worked on movie sets as a historical consultant, and so he brings practical experience to the examination of the relationship between film and history. Which is what this book is about. You can read the book description here, and this is the table of contents. Amazon also allows you to peek inside.

My essay is chapter 10 of the book: ‘Authorial Histories: The Historical Film and the Literary Biopic’. I talk about the developing film genre of the literary biopic (biographical historical films of an author’s life), and how this genre shapes and reflects our current perceptions of history. I specifically analyse two films from this genre: John Maybury’s The Edge of Love (on Dylan Thomas and his ‘muses’) and Jane Campion’s Bright Star (on John Keats and Fanny Brawne). Some of the things I talk about in this essay are expanded forms of topics I’ve raised on this blog about history, film and literature.

Bright Star

The Edge of Love

And on a somewhat related note: HIRE ME! I made a deal with myself that this year would be the year I would put more effort into submitting both fictional and critical work for publication, and also seek out more freelance writing and research work. I have experience doing all manner of freelance writing, editing and researching. For example, some of the freelance writing and editing work I’ve done includes proofreading book manuscripts, acting as an external reviewer for publishers, helping individuals edit material to be published on professional websites, online content creation, writing poems for someone’s wedding invitations, writing essays for art programs and exhibitions, writing online journalism and for magazines, writing material for various companies’ blogs (The Australian Ballet, and others), and other marketing materials.

I also have extensive research experience and have been hired to do research for both individuals seeking specific information, to large institutions seeking help on specific projects and grants, including government grants. I’ve researched many, many topics, and they have not been limited to just arts and humanities areas. My rates are reasonable, so if you’re interested, please email me for more details.

However, one final note to students: please don’t send me requests to write university/school essays for you, or to research such essays. This is cheating, and I obviously don’t endorse that. You’d be surprised how many times I get these requests. The answer will always be a firm no. And please remember that many of my friends may also be your lecturers, tutors and professors, so it’s not a smart move to send me such emails. Just saying (hint, hint).

Image credits: My own screen captures from Bright Star and The Edge of Love, published in A Companion to the Historical Film.


Jane Flanagan said...

Hahahaha! Hila will you do my homework for me?!

Seriously though, anybody would be lucky to work with you. And congrats on the book too - sounds wonderful!

helen tilston said...

Hello Hila

Congratulations and what an honour for you to be published is such a prestigious book which will have a long shelf live

Thanks for sharing your great news

louise said...

Congratulations, Hila, that's wonderful, wonderful news. xolj

Amelia said...

Congratulations Hila! I am so happy for you!

Teresa said...

Congratulations Hila!

Gracia said...

I'd hire you in a flash, if I had the pennies.

Congratulations to you Hila!

Debie Grace said...

Congrats, Hila! :D

Bethany said...

First, congratulations on your book! Sounds like a wonderful read. I enjoyed 'Bright Star' - would love to know your take on its historical accuracy.

Second, as someone also working in higher education, that last bit cracked me up. College students are so incredibly dumb sometimes.

Gabriela said...

Wow, congrats on the book!
I can sort of understand the notion of a small audience, but on the other hand - all these publications are greatly appreciated by those working in the same field, aren't they? I'd love to read both your book and your essay in this one, so I'm really hoping that the uni will buy it for the library soon.
Oh, Bright Star!! That is such an amazing film. And I didn't even know that there was a biopic about Dylan Thomas, so I'll check that out as soon as the exams have ended .

Jen said...

Cheers to you! Congratulations on being part of this publication (of which I will absolutely be buying a copy when I can). I find the connection between historical film and its effect on our perception of history simply fascinating. What also tickles my fancy is the attention to detail in the physical components of film making (setting, costume, etc) and the consultation involved to make it as realistic as historical research allows.

Publishers would be crazy not to hire you... your writing deserves a wider audience. I would say it is only a matter of time.

Anonymous said...

What about the academic job market? I don't know what it's like there, can't imagine it's a boom. Here universities aren't replacing faculty who retiree--they generally get great work for peanuts from people who love their subject. It is a lot like a lottery. Still, there are *some* jobs, and you've got a lot going on, worth a shot?

Hila said...

Jane: I only do people's homework for a million dollars - seems like a worthy sum to sell your soul for ;) Kidding, kidding. Thanks Jane!

Helen: Thank you Helen, I was quite surprised to be accepted for this collection.

Louise, Amelia, Teresa and Debie Grace: Thank you!

Gracia: Ah yes, that pesky lack of money - I know the feeling!

Bethany: I'd like to think naive rather than dumb - I hope that's not wishful thinking! :)

Gabriela: I'm pretty sure the book will be available in most university libraries soon - I hope you manage to read a copy.

Jen: Ha, thanks Jen! Publishers have a vast variety of writers dying for their attention, I highly doubt I'm on their radar. But it's still nice to hear you say that.

Anonymous: The academic job market in Australia pretty much sucks - especially in arts and humanities where there is no funding and we have to compete for a small handful of grants. That's not a sustainable model for a career. Honestly, I don't think that's where my future lies anymore. I hear it's just as bad in the UK, US and other places around the world.