CFP: Evil in the Films of M. Night Shyamalan (8/15/05; collection)

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Jason Paul Steed
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M. Night Shyamalan has emerged as a noteworthy American filmmaker -- he has even been compared to Hitchcock -- yet very little scholarly attention has been paid to his work.

As all of Shyamalan's films explore the encounter with, or the nature of evil, and as the scholarly examination of evil, ethics/morality, and religion has become a timely one, I am proposing a collection of new essays on evil and/in Shyamalan's films.

The working title for the collection is "'Those we don't speak of': Essays on Evil in the Films of M. Night Shyamalan".

Theoretically informed essays on evil in any one or combination of Shyamalan's films (Wide Awake, The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, The Village) are desired, and essays on topics related to "evil" (e.g., religion, ethics/morality, etc.) also will be considered.

Detailed abstracts (350-500 words) or completed essays (3,000-6,000 words) are due August 15, 2005. Questions and submissions via email (MSWord doc) to Jason Steed at <profsteed at>.

Note: I also may be interested in acquiring a co-editor for the project. Interested scholars please contact me via email.

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