CFP: Film Dialogue and Genre (5/28/07; ALSS, 9/20/07-9/22/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Jeffrey Allan Jaeckle
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I am welcoming paper proposals for a panel on film dialogue and genre at the
Literature on Screen Studies Conference from September 20-22, 2007 in
Atlanta, GA. The Association of Literature on Screen Studies is sponsoring
the event.

This panel will challenge the prevailing assumption in film studies that
dialogue is a redundant component of narrative film that, at its worst,
dilutes the possibilities of so-called pure cinema. The panel will instead
operate under the assumption that what characters say and exactly how they
say it is as crucial to our understanding of film genres as are elements of
mise-en-scène and cinematography.

Panelists will explore dialogue patterns in genres including film noir,
horror, epics, teen movies, musicals, science fiction, and war films. I
invite you to propose a paper on any genre of your choosing; you are also
welcome to propose a paper that examines, in broader terms, film dialogue
analysis as a means of studying genre. My hope is that this panel will
broaden the field of Literature on Screen Studies by modeling new ways for
scholars to theorize the topics of film genre, the intersections of word and
image, and the status of dialogue in film studies.

Please send proposals to Jeff Jaeckle (Michigan State University): by May 28th.

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Received on Thu May 17 2007 - 15:29:06 EDT