Lovers on the Side: Tramps and Rogues in Film and History

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Call for Papers
"Lovers on the Side: Tramps and Rogues in Film and History"
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: Lovers on the Side: Tramps and Rogues in Film and History

Temptresses and libertines, sirens and scoundrels, shady ladies and gigolos—these cinematic figures of stolen or corrupted passion have complicated, reinforced, deepened—or challenged, derailed, and redefined—our understanding of "love." What are the limits of love? When and why does it become wrong? What genres or historical periods of film and television have dominated our perception of those sometimes dangerous, often essential figures on the margins of love? And how has their service to morality and ethics changed over time, as these figures embody the thrills, heartbreaks, and consequences of illicit passion?

This area, comprising multiple panels, welcomes papers and panel proposals that examine all forms and genres of films featuring the tramps and rogues who test the nature and boundaries of love. Possibilities include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

• Complicated combinations (Gone with the Wind; The Photographer, His Wife, Her Lover; Diary of a Seducer; Vicky Cristina Barcelona)
• Soiled Doves (McCabe and Mrs. Miller, The Outlaw)
• The Tart with a Heart (Charity Hope Valentine in Sweet Charity; Satine in Moulin Rouge; Sera in Leaving Las Vegas)
• Men and Women of Mystery (Arthur Tracy, Lynn Bari)
• Noir Lovers (Scarlet Street, The Big Sleep)
• Just a Gigolo (Don Juan, Affairs of Anatol)
• Affairs of Office (The Apartment, An American Affair, The Special Relationship)

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

Cynthia J. Miller, Area Chair
Emerson College
Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies
120 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02116
Email: (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 (