CFP: Film Genre and Criticism (3/31/06; MMLA, 11/9/06-11/12/06)

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Greg Wright
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Film I Panel of the Midwest Modern Language Association:

Panel Title: Film Genre and Criticism

This panel will consider film's capacity to revisit and revise genre in =
a critical fashion. How do genre forms and conventions inhibit or =
enhance a film's critical potential? What does a film gain by combining =
and redefining genres and subgenres? Abstracts for this panel should =
explore the interconnections between film genre and criticism through =
analyses that perform critical redefinitions themselves.=20

Some possible topics to consider include:

-the connections between genre formations and questions of nationality, =
culture, class, race, and gender

-the relative capacity for cultural transformation through "high =
culture" genres and "low culture" genres

-the criticism implicit within and about certain genres

-the critical function of synthesizing or questioning genres

-the ways in which film adapts and reconstructs genre from literary =

-filmmakers who have defined or revitalized genres: Akira Kurosawa, =
James Whale, Fritz Lang, etc.

-filmmakers who have redefined or challenged genre work: Fran=E7ois =
Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Alfred Hitchcock, Federico Fellini, etc.

-filmmakers who have combined disparate genres within their work: the =
Coen brothers, Pedro Almod=F3var, Quentin Tarantino, etc.

Please send 150-300 word abstracts to Greg Wright at, =
or mail to:=20

Greg Wright=20

English Department, 201 Morrill Hall=20

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48826.=20

E-mail submissions are preferred.

The deadline for abstracts is March 31, 2006.

The M/MLA conference will be held November 9-12, 2006, in Chicago, IL, =
at the Palmer House Hilton. Please visit the M/MLA website =
( for more information about the 2006 =

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