CFP: Critically Reading the Films of Todd Solondz (9/15/06; NEMLA, 3/1/07-3/4/07)

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Tyler H. Kessel
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Panel: Critically Reading the Films of Todd Solondz


Conference: 2007 NEMLA Convention (March 1-4; Baltimore, MD)


Beginning with the release of Welcome to the Dollhouse and continuing
through Palindromes, Todd Solondz has produced some of the most provocative
representations of contemporary, and mostly suburban, life-often concerning
the marginal and/or controversial sites of the adolescent loser, the
pedophile, sex and race, abortion. For this, critics and viewers often
include his work with that of other young directors, such as Neil LaBute (In
the Company of Men), who have created a new wave of controversial film. And
while there is a rich trail of reviews-Jonathan Romney, for example,
suggests that Solondz's films "propose serious dissections of the modern
human condition"-his body of work has yet to attract a commensurate level of
critical attention. Looking beyond the responses that Solondz's films
either represent "truth" or are simply "hip posturing," this panel seeks
theoretically informed papers that explore any aspect of Solondz's work,
either within one or multiple films. All theoretical perspectives are


Please submit 250-word abstracts via email attachment (preferably Word) to
<> by September 15, 2006.


Tyler Kessel, Ph.D.

Instructor of English

Department of English, Modern Language, and ESL

Hudson Valley Community College

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