CFP: [American] Genre Trouble: The Role of Genre in 20th and 21st Century Film and Fiction

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Allison Rittmayer
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Call for Papers

Genre Trouble: The Role of Genre in 20th and 21st Century Film and Fiction

40th Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Feb. 26-March 1, 2009
Hyatt Regency - Boston, Massachusetts

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Most works of popular film and fiction are heavily invested in notions of
genre. Generic conventions help the author and filmmaker develop their
plots, and provide viewers and readers with preset expectations for a given
work. This panel seeks to engage works of twentieth and twenty-first
century film and fiction that manipulate, blur and bend generic conventions
and distinctions in order to better understand what is at stake in an
author or filmmaker’s manipulation of genre, and to examine the ways in
which generic manipulations affect the target audience of a text or film.
Much of the significance in this project lies in finding out how the stakes
of generic conventions have changed, and where the use of generic
manipulation might be heading. Comparative works are welcome.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:
Modern versus postmodern uses of genre
The role/importance of genre in literature and film
A single author or director’s work with multiple genres
The role of a certain genre in an author or director’s work
Genre and postmodern narratives
The contemporary memoir
The contemporary biopic
The documentary, the “mockumentary,” the “documenteur”

Please send 250-500 word abstracts and all other inquiries to Allison
Rittmayer at

Deadline: September 15, 2008

Please include with your abstract:

Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee)

The complete Call for Papers for the 2009 Convention will be posted in
Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA panel;
however panelists can only present one paper. Convention participants may
present a paper at a panel or seminar and also present at a creative
session or participate in a roundtable.

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