CFP: [Film] Cartoon Literatures: Re-Animating the Discourse (University of Calgary Graduate Student Conference)

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Natalie Wall
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Literature and Its Others:
Inside, Outside, and Between the Disciplines
University of Calgary Free Exchange Graduate Conference
28-30 March 2008
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Cartoon Literatures: Re-Animating the Discourse

>From the emergence of the children’s cartoon to the rise of the graphic
novel, cartoons have become centrally located in the realm of popular
culture. Today’s cartoons target a multitude of audiences from around the
world. Whether it is the morning paper or the newest action movie, you can
be sure that you’ve recently consumed some sort of cartoon literature. It
is incontrovertible: the cartoon is here to stay.
This panel is looking at the discourse of animation and the wider world of
comic media, as literature that is both other and othered. This panel is
committed to examining the space between the cartoon and its
representation, as a means to understand the role that the cartoon plays
in today’s world. What happens when we look at the cartoon as cultural
Possible paper topics could include:
• Satiric cartoons and the un-real. Why is it easier to criticize
• Children’s literature and the effect of the Saturday Morning
• Anime and its global implications
• The Graphic Novel: how does this change the way we see literature?
• CGI and its impact on Hollywood
• Comics as literature, looking at how we read them
• Cartoon as allegory. Reading animation symbolically
• Animating the world and diverging from reality
• Reinventing the self: celebrity voices and their cartoon

Please submit 250 word proposals (for papers approx. 15 minutes in length)
to panel chair Natalie Wall at Attachments should be in
Rich Text or Word format only, and please include your name, professional
affiliation, and contact information in the body of your email. Deadline
for proposals is February 18th, 2008.

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