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[UPDATE] Medieval Love and Sexuality in Film and Television
full name / name of organization:
Cynthia J. Miller/ 2010 Film & History Conference
“Love came first in my thought, therefore I forgot it naught”: Medieval Love and Sexuality in Film and Television
2010 Film & History Conference: Representations of Love in Film and Television
Second Round Deadline: March 1, 2010
AREA: “Love came first in my thought, therefore I forgot it naught”: Medieval Love and Sexuality in Film and Television
Medieval literature includes many depictions of love and sexuality, from religious writings to historical chronicles, and from mythological tales to genre-inspiring romances. We find similar stories in medieval poetry, such as Geoffrey Chaucer’s tale of lost love The Book of the Duchess, from which this area gets its title. These stories provide a wellspring of inspiration for filmmakers, and their narratorial zeal has reached an apex in the new century. From Antoine Fuqua’s King Arthur (2004) to Robert Zemeckis’ Beowulf (2007) on the big screen, and even the BBC’s current Robin Hood program, movies and television programs depicting medieval stories and heroes have never been more popular. This area seeks to better understand our modern fascination with love and sexuality in medieval film and television, and its role in our imaginings of medieval history. In addition to the many issues directly involved with love and sexuality, paper and panel proposals might enhance their understanding of medieval film and television by analyzing the theoretical framework presented in recent scholarship, such as Nickolas Haydock’s Movie Medievalism: The Imaginary Middle Ages and Kevin J. Harty’s The Reel Middle Ages.
This area, comprising multiple panels, welcomes papers and panel proposals that examine all forms and genres of film and television featuring depictions of medieval love and sexuality. Possibilities include, but are not limited to, the following topics:
Modern perceptions of Camelot (Excalibur, First Knight, and King Arthur)
Please send your 200-word proposal by e-mail to the area chair:
Justin T. Noetzel
Email: email@example.com (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).