MLA 2015: Canuxploitation

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How do exploitation, cult, and horror made in Canada challenge scholars to rethink Canadian film history as a national cinema tradition? The Film Division of the Modern Languages Association invites abstracts on the topic of "Canuxploitation" for a panel at MLA's 2015 conference in Vancouver, Canada.

As a recent critical designation, the term "Canuxploitation" has been used as a capacious signifier encompassing a wide variety of films, filmmakers, styles, and periods – from the "maple syrup porn" cycle of French-Canadian softcore features beginning in the late 1960s, through the low budget "tax shelter" potboilers of the 1970s and 1980s, to the art/horror hybrids of David Cronenberg extending to the present. As such, the term points to the ambiguous role of "low" cultural texts in constituting ideas of national cinema, which tend to constellate more around critically acclaimed art film traditions.

We invite papers that consider "Canuxploitation" films from a variety of perspectives, including textual analysis, genre studies, political economy, and cultural studies. We are interested in assembling a panel that addresses a wide range of historical periods and approaches to "Canuxploitation" and Canadian cinema, including its relationship to other national and transnational exploitation traditions.

Potential contributors should send queries, abstracts (250 words), and brief bios to Caetlin Benson-Allott ( or Rob King ( by March 15, 2014.