CFP: [Film] The Alternative Filmic Voice of John Waters

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David Jones

>From the start of his career in the 1960s, producing 8mm and 16mm films
starring the unforgettable Divine in leading roles, John Waters has
remained a prominent and provocative voice in independent and Hollywood
cinema. For this panel, we invite papers on all aspects of John Waters’
distinctive work in American cinema and television as a director, writer,
actor, and personality. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the
following: Waters’ representations of the cultural life of Baltimore, uses
of humor and, perhaps, earnestness in Waters’ films, an analysis of
Waters’ work in relation to avant garde filmic expressions in the 1960s-
2000s; readings of individual films directed by Waters, and, of course,
the representations of gender, social class, and other identities within
Waters’ films.

We encourage submissions from all perspectives - from scholars who regard
John Waters as an incisive and transgressive voice in American film and
from other scholars who may be critical of narrowly-drawn and potentially
offensive representations of cultural identities in Waters' films.
Please send 250-word abstracts describing your paper proposal to David
Jones ( or Joanne Juett ( by April
1, 2008. A panel of selected papers will be presented at the Midwest
Modern Language Association Conference in Minneapolis, November 13-16,

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