(dis)junctions - April 11+12 - The Wright Stuff

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The Wright Stuff: Deconstructing the Blood & Ice Cream Trilogy

With a not inconsiderable degree of commercial success and a robust transatlantic cult following, Edgar Wright's Blood & Ice Cream Trilogy—now commonly known and marketed as The Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy—is rife with opportunities for critical interpretation. Taken collectively or as individual texts, the three films (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End) serve as a barometer of the cultural climate, albeit by focusing on seemingly disparate generic tropes. Why does this quintessentially British product translate so well to a particular American sensibility and aesthetic? What, if anything, do the films reveal about the limitations of genre? And what can we learn from such a powerful, lasting, and productive creative partnership, particularly as it relates to participatory culture?

This special session seeks a variety of papers, taking individual films from the trilogy and/or the trilogy as a whole as their point of departure. Possible topics include, but are certainly not limited to:

• The (d)evolving relationship between Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's characters throughout the trilogy
• Commercial and critical implications of the trilogy's name change
• Tracing the trajectory of various thematic and episodic elements from Spaced through the trilogy
• Interrogating the zombie, fanatical cult, and alien as parallel cultural figures
• Reciprocity, fandom, and the power of pastiche
• Tearing down the wall of sound: Sound effects as soundtracks and vice versa
• Romancing Romero, or Kiss Me Keanu: Reading the films as generic love letters

The theme of 21st annual (dis)junctions conference, hosted by UC Riverside, is "irreverent readings," featuring keynote speakers Virginia Jackson (UC Irvine) and Constance Penley (UC Santa Barbara). Abstracts of 250 to 300 words should be submitted via the form at www.disjunctions2014.org by February 10th, 2014.