The Dark Side of Love: Love, Sex, and Violence in Film and Video

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Call for Papers
"The Dark Side of Love: Love, Sex, and Violence in Film and Video"
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: The Dark Side of Love: Love, Sex, and Violence in Film and Video

Over decades and across genres, filmmakers have demonstrated a fascination with the volatile side of love: the interweaving of sexual attraction and violence. From the work of independent filmmakers such as David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan, Alejandro Amenábar, and Lars von Trier, to more mainstream, Hollywood fare, the combination of physical and/or emotional passion and violence in film may be examined through a number of social, cultural, historical, and psychological lenses, in order to better understand the dark, brutal side of love.

This area, comprising multiple panels, will look at the many ways in which love in film has gone horribly wrong, in the work of American as well as foreign filmmakers, with painful, and sometimes deadly, consequences. From the drama of Body Heat (1981), to the horror of Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002); from science fiction thrillers like Vanilla Sky (2001), to the offbeat 9 ½ Weeks (1986), this area welcomes papers and panels exploring all aspects of love and violence. Possibilities include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

• Sex, love, and South Korean horror

• Love slaves and other sexualized violence in science fiction and fantasy

• Love and Violence in Hitchcock

• Censorship of sex and violence in various eras or national cinemas

• Popular and critical reception of Lars von Trier's Antichrist (2009)

• "Snuff Videos" and independent filmmaking

• Spielberg's America: love and violence

• Sex, love, and violence in the films of Pedro Almodovar

• Dominant women and brutal men: love and violence in Hollywood drama

• Violence and obsession: from Fatal Attraction (1967) to Obsessed (2009)

Please send 200-word paper proposals to the area chair:

Karen A. Ritzenhoff, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Communication
Central Connecticut State University
New Britain, CT 06050
Tel: 860/832-2692
e-mail: (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 (