Kentucky Foreign Language Conference: Sessions on Horror Films and Guillermo del Toro

full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Gerardo T. Cummings
contact email: 
mexicanhorrorfilms@gmail.com

Abstracts/papers are sought for panel sessions for 2013’s Kentucky Foreign Language Conference to be held April 18-20, 2013 in Lexington, KY. The KFLC is one of the oldest and most prestigious conferences for foreign language students and academics.

The term “Mexican horror film” applies to those cinematic works that were produced/directed in Mexico or whose major creative force is of Mexican origin. The “horror” element of each film can be gore, the supernatural, monsters, suspense, etc. We encourage examination of the film itself (the plot, questions of fidelity between the script and the finished product, topics related to film grammar) and other topics or themes within Mexican Horror Film Studies surrounding representation, audiences, political and social references, identity, violence aesthetics, genre, patriarchal institutions, religious allegories, gender, queer, feminism, post-colonialism, temporality, fetishism, “the Other” or "Máscara metaphor", and the film’s central “terror” (monster, horror element, etc) as an allegory for Mexico, its post-revolutionary growing-pains, or its labyrinthine identity paradox-dichotomy. References between Mexican horror films and philosophers like Octavio Paz, Ramón Xirau, Leopoldo Zea and Roger Bartra are encouraged. Moreover, any connections to Vladimir Propp, Laura Mulvey, Julia Kristeva, Noel Carroll, and/or horror theories are welcomed also.

Suggested movie titles include:
El monstruo resucitado (1953) Chano Urueta.
La bruja (1954) Chano Urueta.
El ataúd del vampiro (1958) Fernando Méndez.
Muñecos infernales (1960) Benito Alazraki.
El barón del terror (1962) Chano Urueta.
La maldición de la llorona (1962) Rafael Baledón.
Pánico (1965) Julián Soler
El libro de piedra (1969) Carlos Enrique Taboada.
The Mansión of Madness (1972) Juan López Moctezuma.
Más negro que la noche (1975) Carlos Enrique Taboada.
La tía Alejandra (1978) Arturo Ripstein.
Alucarda, la hija de las tinieblas (1978) Juan López Moctezuma.
Veneno para las hadas (1984) Carlos Enrique Taboada
And any Guillermo del Toro films

Abstracts should be one page, and should contain a preliminary bibliography. Please email all abstracts(approximately 300 words) and your CV/bio (approx. 3-4 sentences) by November 10, 2012. Email all correspondence as Word attachments to: mexicanhorrorfilms@gmail.com Your completed essay should be in Spanish or English. All essays (in English) completed by February 2013, will be considered for a collection on Mexican horror films already under contract. Completed essays should be in English, with a word count between 6K-8K, and MLA formatting. Suggestions for essays on other films are welcome.

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