Lessons in Love -- edited volume (abstracts due nov 5th 2010)

full name / name of organization: 
Dominique Russell (Canada) and Victoria Anderson (UK)

"Lessons in Love: Love in Contemporary Cinema"

"Boy Meets Girl" is a phrase that both derives from and sums up the conventions of cinematic love. But to what extent are women's expectations of love formed by cinematic representations? Has contemporary cinema marked a shift in feminine desire?

We are seeking scholarly essays for an edited volume on the topic of Love in Contemporary Cinema. Depictions of love may be problematic or positive, realistic or fantastic. They may be Hollywood films, obscure B movies or from the heterogeneous realm of international art cinema. We are aiming for a transnational scope, and films studied should date from the last ten to twelve years to avoid duplicating existing compilations.

We are particularly interested in essays that negotiate women's experience of love through cinematic forms, be it heterosexual or homosexual love. We are open to discussions of masculine or transgender experience, but please do submit an enquiry in the first instance. Essays should be original and not published elsewhere, either whole or in part.

Send an enquiry or a short abstract (300-500 words) plus bio to contemporarylove@gmail.com.

Abstracts are due by Nov 5th 2010 at the latest, but early enquiries are very much encouraged. Completed articles of 5000-7000 words will be due in May 2011.

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Dominique Russell is editor of "Rape in Art Cinema", published by Continuum in 2010.

Victoria Anderson is co-editor (with Griselda Pollock) of "Bluebeard's Legacy: Death and Secrets from Bartok to Hitchcock", published by I.B.Tauris in 2009.