Eastwood and the Gun: Munitions for Thought

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Call for Papers

Eastwood and the Gun: Munitions for Thought

We invite papers that examine, interpret, interrogate, or challenge the iconic cinematic image of Clint Eastwood as a gun toting hero/anti-hero. Films for consideration include:

True Crime
Gran Torino
In the Line of Fire
The Rookie
White Hunter Black Heart
The Dead Pool
Heartbreak Ridge
Pale Rider
City Heat
Sudden Impact
The Gauntlet
The Enforcer
The Outlaw Josey Wales The Eiger Sanction
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
Magnum Force
High Plains Drifter
Joe Kidd
Dirty Harry
Kelly's Heroes
Two Mules for Sister Sara
Where Eagles Dare
Coogan's Bluff
Hang 'Em High
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
For a Few Dollars More
A Fistful of Dollars
Ambush at Cimarron Pass

We are looking for intellectually rigorous papers from a variety of perspectives and disciplines. Our lines of sight target phenomenological, semiotic, cultural materialist, gender studies, cinema studies, and psychoanalytic approaches. What does Eastwood's gun mean, suggest, symbolize, signify, provoke and repel? What does it tell us about masculinity, the law, justice, violence and the logic of cinematic images? Accepted contributions will be included in an anthology.

Send abstracts (200 words) by June 1, 2012, and completed drafts (3500 words) of accepted chapters by September 4, 2012.

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Prof. R. Dalvi and Prof. M. Berman
Department of Philosophy
500 Glenridge Ave.
Brock University
St. Catharines
Ontario L2S 3A1