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

full name / name of organization: 
Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature (SSML)
contact email: 
rtangeda@kent.edu

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.

cfp categories: 
american
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies
ethnicity_and_national_identity
film_and_television
gender_studies_and_sexuality
interdisciplinary
popular_culture
theory
twentieth_century_and_beyond