CFP: Trash Cinema: A Primer for Beginners (11/1/05; collection)

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Bleach, Anthony
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CALL FOR PAPERS: Collection of critical essays on trash cinema

DEADLINE: November 1, 2005

We invite submissions for a critical anthology about the ever-expanding =
world of national and international trash cinema.

As fans of trash cinema, while we do like to think of the form as being =
utterly anti- or counter- =93mainstream=94 cinema, in the ways it =
challenges or reworks many of its assumptions, we are amazed at how many =
trash favorites (both personal and more perennial, if such a thing =
exists) have a striking formal similarity to =96 as well as an appeal =
for devotees of =96 the traditional film canon=92s fare.

As teachers of trash cinema, while we admit that teaching films that =
often have a universal un-appeal for our students has sometimes worked =
to our disadvantage, we are interested in the pedagogical advantages of =
using trash cinema in the film studies classroom and beyond.

And as scholars of trash cinema, while we know that the films are often =
shoddily-produced, ill-distributed, and under-exhibited; that they are =
often single-minded in their pursuit of spectacle over substance; and =
that their use as scholarly texts to think about and through is often =
limited by the means and ends of their production, we are fascinated =
with the aesthetic and ideological work that this type of film does.

For this collection =96 tentatively titled *Trash Cinema: A Primer for =
Beginners* =96 we are interested in building on the work of such =
scholars as Jeffrey Sconce, who attempts to make the crucial moves of =
exposing the assumptions held by more =93traditional=94 cinema study, as =
well as the study of trash cinema itself, and exploring the benefits of =
the institutionalization of the latter in the academy.

Inquiries or abstracts of 500 words can be sent as e-mail attachments to =
Anthony C. Bleach (, John F. Lennon =
(, and Christopher Robe ( We =
request abstracts by November 1, 2005. Final versions of essays =
accepted for the volume will be due in 2006. Please include full =
contact information with your submissions.

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