CFP@ British Landscapes on Film

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Paul Newland/ Aberystwyth University
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Edited Collection: British Landscapes on Film.

Proposals by 1 October, 2011.

From the earliest days of British cinema, filmmakers have sought to capture landscapes on screen. Some British landscapes represented in films have spectacular qualities. Others operate as everyday rural or isolated spaces. And others appear to be significant primarily because they are not modern and urban. Some of the most memorable, iconic and enduring images in British films feature characters in landscapes.

This edited collection of articles will pull together work that seeks to understand how far British landscapes represented on film have been invested with meaning and significance, and, for example, how far this meaning is generated textually by the play of characters that inhabit these landscapes, or, extra-textually, by the connotations these landscapes might continue to have for audiences.

The editor welcomes subject-specific and interdisciplinary approaches to British landscapes on film. The primary focus of the collection will be on non-urban landscapes. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

representations of specific British landscapes in specific films

the landscapes of Wales, Scotland and England on film

the employment of rural locations in British films

British coastal zones on film

British landscape and genre

experimental and avant-garde approaches to filming British landscape

the influence of landscape painting on British filmmakers

representations of pastoral landscapes

representations of sublime landscapes

naturalism, realism and rural British landscapes

prestige and heritage British landscapes on film

settings employed in adaptations of British novels

political and philosophical debates around British landscape as reflected in filmic representations

the tension between the rural and the urban in British films

landscape in early British films

British silent cinema and landscape

Articles should be between 5000-6000 words and will be due by 1 November, 2012.

Abstracts of 300 words and a brief bio should be sent to the editor, Paul Newland - by 1 October, 2011.

For queries please contact Paul Newland using the above email address.

The editor: Dr Paul Newland is a lecturer in film in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at Aberystwyth University (UK).