CFP: Deadwood: Early Critical Responses (3/1/06; RMMLA, 10/12/06-10/14/06)

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Call for Papers
"Deadwood": Early Critical Responses
Special Topics Panel for the 2006 Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
Tucson, Arizona
October 12-14, 2006

We are currently inviting proposals for an RMMLA special topics panel on
early critical responses to HBO's "Deadwood," the Emmy Award-winning and
acclaimed western television drama, and its role in revising and reimagining
the Western genre. "Deadwood's" depiction of the west actively breaks new
cinematic and intellectual ground. The liminal status of the historical town
of Deadwood¾positioned as it was between the United States territories and
the land granted to the Native Americans¾offers a microcosmic consideration
of the settlement of the American west and a possible entry point into a
fresh analysis of the colonization of the frontier. "Deadwood"
dismantles¾and subsequently ingeniously refashions¾the conventions of the
classic western, both cinematic and literary, affording exciting new
analytical territory to explore. Possible paper topics include:

*The language of "Deadwood"
*"Deadwood" and history
*Marxist critique of "Deadwood"
*"Deadwood" and feminism
*Conventions of the western genre in "Deadwood"
*Gender issues in "Deadwood"

Deadline for submission of 300-word paper proposals to session chairs is
March 1, 2006. Please send proposal or completed papers to:
Kyle Wiggins


David Holmberg

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