Love and Sex in the Films and Graphic Novels of Alan Moore (11/1/09; 11/11-14/10)

full name / name of organization: 
Cynthia Miller/ Film & History
contact email: 
cymiller@tiac.net

Call for Papers
“Love and Sex in the Films and Graphic Novels of Alan Moore”
2010 Film & History Conference: Representations of Love in Film and Television
November 11-14, 2010
Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
www.uwosh.edu/filmandhistory
Second Round Deadline: November 1, 2009

AREA: Love and Sex in the Films and Graphic Novels of Alan Moore

Alan Moore has a love-hate relationship with the film industry, yet films based on his work proliferate: From Hell (2001), V for Vendetta (2005), The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), and Watchmen (2009). Sex and (possibly) love abound in Moore's novels and in the films grounded, to some extent, in his writing. In V for Vendetta, Moore juxtaposes the love of the computerized state with the more transient love of men and women. In V for Vendetta, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and Watchmen, he poses difficult questions about the nature of (super)heroic love for others, and for democracy, nation, and empire. Throughout his work, Moore is attuned to issues of representation, and to how representation demarcates the reality of those who are "loved."

Moore may be the exemplary postmodern graphic novelist, and "his" films are well worth considering for what they say about our particular historical moment, and in this particular moment, what they say about various manifestations of love.

This area is open to any paper or panel proposal which examines the representation of love, sex, and ethical relations in any work influenced by, or authored by Moore. Possible topics might include:

Anarchy as love
Love, sex, and postcoloniality
Victorian love
Postmodern pastiche as a form of love-making
Love in (loving) the state--fascist love
Love and the body
Love in adaptation
Representing love in film versus sequential art
Representation and the limits of love
Loving one another: Thomas Pynchon and Alan Moore
Freedom as love
God and (as?) love
Exposure as love
Inoperative communities and love

Please send your 200-word proposal by email to the area chair:

Todd Comer, Area Chair
Defiance College
701 North Clinton Street
Defiance OH 43512

Email: tcomer@defiance.edu (email submissions preferred)

Panel proposals for up to four presenters are also welcome, but each presenter must submit his or her own paper proposal. For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website (www.uwosh.edu/filmandhistory).

cfp categories: 
american
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
film_and_television
popular_culture