CFP: Narrative Cinema as Autobiographical Act (8/15/05; journal issue)

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Center for Biographical Research
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biograph@hawaii.edu

Call for Papers. ³Narrative Cinema as Autobiographical Act²

The Winter 2006 issue of _Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly_ (28.1)
will be a Special Issue on "Narrative Cinema as Autobiographical Act." Guest
Editor Linda Haverty Rugg invites essays examining narrative
(non-documentary) cinema as autobiography. Theorist Philippe Lejeune argued
against the possibility of narrative films as autobiography, while Elizabeth
Bruss speculated that viewing narrative films as autobiographies would lead
to a redefinition not only of autobiography as a genre, but selfhood as a
construct. In a kind of manifesto for cinematic auteurism, the young
François Truffaut wrote in 1959: ³The film of tomorrow appears to me as even
more personal than an individual and autobiographical novel, like a
confession, or a diary. The filmmakers will express themselves in the first
person and will relate what has happened to them. . . . The film of tomorrow
will resemble the person who made it.² What does it mean for a film to be
made in the first person? How can a film 'resemble the person who made it'?
How can a collaborative work of art (like most narrative films) be
recognized as the autobiographical work of an individual? What is the
relationship between the director and his or her actors in such a scenario?
Contributors could consider these questions and others related to the
construction of selfhood through the cinematic medium, the relation of
photography in film to memory and history, the use of documentary clips in
³fictional² films, the presence of the director in ³fictional² films, the
representation of memory and childhood in films, and more. Essays on
fictional filmmakers ranging from well-known cinematic auteurs (Truffaut
himself, Malle, Bergman, Fellini, Tarkovsky, Fassbinder, Allen, etc.) to
experimental filmmakers are welcome.

Manuscripts should be between 2,500 and 7,500 words, and may be submitted
either electronically, as an e-mail attachment to biograph_at_hawaii.edu, or as
a paper copy to the Center for Biographical Research, University of Hawai'i,
1800 East-West Road #325, Honolulu, HI 96822 USA. _Biography_ follows a
double-blind submission policy; the author's name should not appear on the
manuscript but in an accompanying cover letter. Consultation on manuscript
ideas is welcome. For more information, contact the Center for Biographical
Research at biograph_at_hawaii.edu. Deadline for submissions: 15 August 2005.

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