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CFP Global Mythology and World Cinema (interest - 31 October, 2010 - abstracts - 1 January, 2011)
full name / name of organization:
Mikel J. Koven
Global Mythology and World Cinema
Global Mythology and World Cinema will be a collection of essays which discuss how a variety of world cinemas use their own indigenous cultural mythologies. The function of these myths and their filmic counterparts will vary from culture-to-culture and from film-to-film. The collection will argue against the extant paradigm of “mythic cinema”, wherein the term “myth,” co-opted by Jungians and Campbellians, refers to any vague perceived universal archetype. This collection will be about cultural specificity, not universal generalizations, regarding the sacred and how that sacred is manifested in world cinema.
In terms of a definition of “myth”, Global Mythology and World Cinema begins with William Bascom’s 1965 definition (in “The Forms of Folklore: Prose Narratives” in Journal of American Folklore 78: 3-20) and builds from there. Bascom defined myths as “prose narratives which, in the society in which they are told, are considered to be truthful accounts of what happened in the remote past”. Bascom continues,
We seek in-depth papers (approximately between 8000-10, 000 words) exploring the indigenous mythic visions from the following cultural groups’ cinemas:
While an academic publisher has been approached, and interest in the collection has been expressed, we are not yet at the stage to request abstracts: We are currently looking for statements of “interest”.
If you have an idea which you would like to be considered for inclusion in this book, please email Mikel J. Koven (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a brief (informal) description of what you would like to write on by 31 October 2010. The deadline for formal abstracts (200-words) will be a few months later, and final papers would not need to be submitted until January 2012.