Listening to the Music of Love

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Cynthia Miller/Film & History
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Call for Papers
"'If You Want to Sing Out': Listening to the Music of Love in Film and Television"
2010 Film & History Conference: Representations of Love in Film and Television
November 11-14, 2010
Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
Second-Round Deadline: November 1, 2009

AREA: "'If You Want to Sing Out': Listening to the Music of Love in Film and Television"

Love can swing, love can rock, love can stink – and music plays an essential part in helping us understand the many facets, faces, and forms of that love, and its loss, in film and television, through its appeal to our most fundamental emotions. Sometimes damning, sometimes embracing, music can help situate us in the spectrum of experience that love creates, from hook-ups to break-ups, and everything in between. Whether on or off-screen, music becomes part of cinematic and televised narratives of love, allowing us to not only see, but also hear, the various contexts and representations of romance, passion, devotion, and heartbreak that popular culture produces. From odes to Mrs. Robinson to Bing Crosby and Grace Kelley singing "True Love" in High Society, to the multiple volumes of Grey's Anatomy soundtracks, love is a perennial subject for the heart, for the eyes, and for the ears.

This area, comprising several panels, welcomes papers and panel proposals that explore, question, and analyze the relationship of music and the cinematic experience of love. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

-Music as a Narrative Convention
-Music and Gender in Film
-Film Musicals
-Popular/Classical Music in Film
-Songs of Love Lost/Love Gained

Please send your 200-word proposal by e-mail to the Area Chair:

Mathew J. Bartkowiak Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Dept. of English
University of Wisconsin-Marshfield
2000 W. 5th St.
Marshfield, WI 54449

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 (