CFP - Appropriating Vertigo (SCMS; panel deadline 7/30/10; March 2011)

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Paul Petrovic
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Prospective Panel:

Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, March 10-13, 2011
Ritz Carlton Hotel, New Orleans, LA

Deadline for submissions: July 30, 2010 11:59 PM CST

Since Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958) was released over half a century ago, its reputation has gone from ambivalent to laudatory. Owing to its themes of voyeurism and its ideas of a subjective self-deception, countless directors have appropriated and translated the film by doing everything from changing the locale to things to reversing the gender roles.

Some intertextual homages to Vertigo include Brian De Palma's Obsession (1976), Bette Gordon's Variety (1983), Chris Marker's Sans Soleil (1983), Paul Verhoeven's Basic Instinct (1992), Terry Gilliam's Twelve Monkeys (1995), Gilles Mimouni's L'Appartement (1996), and Hong Sang-soo's Tale of Cinema (2005).

More covert influences can be found within the filmographies of Park Chan-wook, Catherine Breillat, Gillian Armstrong, and Sam Mendes, all of whom list Vertigo as among their favorite films.

This panel seeks to revitalize the freshness of Hitchcock and Vertigo's appeal to culture. In addition to complicating old readings—such as the initial adaptation between the film and the novel d'Entre les Morts, by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac—this panel wants to highlight new associations in which contemporary filmmakers from all cultures translate Hitchcock's Vertigo's mood and neuroses onto their screens. I am also open to papers exploring the film's influence in graphic novels, television programs, and video games.

Please send a 300-word abstract with five bibliographic sources and a brief author bio to, by 11:59 CST July 30, 2010.