CFP: [20th] 2009 Canadian Symposium on Canadian Literature & Film

full name / name of organization: 
David R. Jarraway
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Call for Papers - 2009 Canadian Literature Symposium (May 1-3, 2009)


For close to forty years, perhaps inaugural with the transformation of
Laurence's novel A Jest of God into the Hollywood film Rachel, Rachel in
1966, more and more, Canadian literature, for better or worse, has found
its way to the silver screen. From the critically acclaimed Kamouraska
and The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz in the 1970s through to the award-
winning Love and Human Remains and The English Patient in the 1990s,
Canadian writing would appear to have found a doubly successful life for
itself in the movies. At the intersection between literary publication
and screen adaptation, then, this symposium in a broad-ranging way aims
to gauge the degree of this successful new life. To what extent, if at
all, does the literary
artifact extend its lively artfulness to that of the film-producer and
the film-maker? Precisely how (and what) does the film industry stand to
gain from a varied authorship in Canada? On the other hand, by what
measure is Canadian literary artistry doubly imperiled by its
transmigration to today's cinema box office? Is "CanLit" and "Canned Lit"
(with the unveiling of Telefilm Canada's "Feature Film" Fund in 1986), a
contradiction in terms? If there is a comfortable fit between fiction and
film in Canada, exactly where might that double-life lie?

Papers and presentations taking up any of these (or related) general
issues are hereby sought for this 2009 Canadian Symposium on the
relationship between Canadian literature and film. More specific lines of
inquiry or investigation on this relationship might recur to any of the
following further problematic "double-takes":

the compatibility of readership vs. spectatorship

the relation between "authorship" and "auteurship"

representations of genre

representations of gender

"realism": rhetorical vs. documentary

"realism" vs. "expressionism"

literary narration and filmic diagesis

the "Gothic": film noir vs. narrative noir

questions of nationhood and national identity

Francophone, Aboriginal, and "other" representations

issues of performativity vs. performance

teaching literature vs. teaching film
Please send a 300-500 word proposal and a 50 word bio by email or post
(hard copies
in triplicate) to:

Prof. David Jarraway, Symposium Chair,
Department of English, University of Ottawa,
70, Laurier Avenue, East,
Ottawa, ON, K1N 6N5, Canada,
Fax: (613) 562-5990

Deadline for Proposals: August 31, 2008.

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