CFP: [Film] Philosophy of Robert Altman

full name / name of organization: 
James South

Call for Papers


Edited by James B. South
Series Editor: Mark T. Conard

Robert Altman was one of the most influential and controversial American directors of the last 40
years. Rising to prominence in 1970 with the release of MASH, Altman produced a body of work
distinguished by an exploration and expansion of the possibilities of genre, sensitivity to
character, emphasis on overlapping dialogue and multi-layered soundtracks, and a collaborative
approach to filmmaking. These characteristic features make Altman’s films uniformly

The Philosophy of Robert Altman will consider Altman’s body of work in relation to philosophical
concerns and approaches. It will introduce general readers and intelligent non-specialists to the
story lines, approach to filmmaking, and philosophically relevant themes of this innovative and
widely admired director. The volume will be proposed for the University Press of Kentucky series
in the Philosophy of Popular Culture.

Essays may address philosophical analyses of individual movies as well as topics that span
multiple movies, for example: individual and community, alienation, loneliness, the nature of
reality, the media and reality, the nature of the self, personal responsibility, gender and identity,
sexual ethics, images of family/marriage, race and ethnicity, individual and communal violence,
the nature of religion, morality, politics, the role of chance, and war and its effects. Among the
many films that authors might treat: MASH, Brewster McCloud, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Nashville,
The Long Goodbye, California Split, Thieves Like Us, Buffalo Bill and the Indians, 3 Women, A
Wedding, Quintet, Secret Honor, O.C. & Stiggs, Fool for Love, Vincent and Theo, The Player, Short
Cuts, Kansas City, Cookie’s Fortune, The Gingerbread Man, and Gosford Park, Essays also are
welcome on Altman’s prolific television work including Combat, Tanner ’88 and Gun.

Essays should contain significant philosophical analysis and criticism, but be written to engage
the educated general reader. Essays should be between 4,000-6,000 words in length (15-20
double-spaced typewritten pages).

Submission Guidelines: Send title and abstract of essay (200-300 words) along with a CV to
James B. South: Deadline for submission of abstracts is Dec 31,
2008. Completed essays will be due by May 1, 2009.

James B. South is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Marquette University. He has edited Buffy
the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy, and co-edited Buffy Goes Dark: Essays on the Final Two
Seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (with Lynne Edwards and Elizabeth Rambo) and James Bond
and Philosophy (with Jacob Held).

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