CFP: Nature and the Environment in Film and TV Representations of the American West(s) (11/1/03; collection)

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An Anthology Concerning the Role of Nature and the Environment in Film and
Television Representations of the American West(s)

Deadline: November 1, 2003

The first "westerns" were filmed in the wilderness of New Jersey and then
(Eureka) moviemakers discovered California. This anthology will examine the
use of western landscape (Monument Valley, etc.), the "role" of nature in
film and television westerns, how western environment affects presentation of
regional character and dramatic characters, and how the natural world has
been constructed, both figuratively and -- a sound stage or through creative

Submissions may discuss specific films of any era, from silent film or
talkies, from representations of the American colonial west to the "pioneers"
of Silicon Valley. There are many critical lenses that may be applied here.
Commentaries on Spaghetti Westerns and other international films are welcome.
 The focus of this anthology will be to present the multiple cinematic views
of the American West(s).

Send completed papers (25 pages maximum, double-spaced) to Deborah
Carmichael, Department of English, Oklahoma State University, 205 Morrill
Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078. Inquiries may be directed to Deborah Carmichael,
<> or Dawn Marano, Editor, The University of Utah Press, <

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