"The Films of Alexander Payne" - SSML Panel - May 8-10, 2014

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Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature Annual Conference
Call for Papers

East Lansing, MI
May 8-10, 2014

"The Films of Alexander Payne"

Panel Description:
Director/writer Alexander Payne has released some of the most thought-provoking and critically acclaimed films of the last fifteen years. A native of Omaha, Nebraska, the majority of Payne's films concern themselves with the American Midwest and Midwesterners, as well as characters who have significant ties to the region. His latest effort, the critically acclaimed Nebraska, continues the filmmaker's contributions to his Midwestern roots. This panel seeks to evaluate the films of Alexander Payne within the context of their Midwestern themes, as well as establish the filmmaker as a significant driver of the region's contemporary cultural growth. Particular attention will be given to Payne's Midwestern films (Nebraska, About Schmidt, Election, Citizen Ruth), though proposals concerning his other works (Sideways, The Descendants) will also be considered.

Please send proposals of no more than 300 words and a brief CV to Ross K. Tangedal (rtangeda@kent.edu) by January 15, 2014 for full consideration.