[UPDATE] Medieval Love and Sexuality in Film and Television, November 11-14 2010

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Justin T. Noetzel/ 2010 Film & History Conference
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"Love came first in my thought, therefore I forgot it naught": Medieval Love and Sexuality in Film and Television
2010 Film & History Conference: Representations of Love in Film and Television
November 11-14, 2010
Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
Second Round Deadline: March 1, 2010

Medieval literature includes many depictions of love and sexuality, from religious writings to historical chronicles, and from mythical tales to genre-inspiring romances. This literature provided a wellspring of inspiration for filmmakers throughout the twentieth century, and the cinematic and television versions of Beowulf and Robin Hood that have come out in the last ten years, to name but a few examples, prove that medieval stories and heroes have never been more popular. This area of the Film & History Conference seeks to better understand our modern fascination with love and sexuality in medieval film and television, and its role in our imaginings of medieval history. This area welcomes papers abstracts for the following panels:

• Story alteration, sexy temptresses, and parental love in Beowulf films
• Hobbits and Harry Potter: Romance and love in medievalist film and television
• Cinematic Canterbury Tales and modern Chaucerian echoes

In addition to the above panels, this area also welcomes paper and panel proposals that examine all forms and genres of film and television featuring depictions of medieval love and sexuality. Possibilities include, but are not limited to, modern perceptions of Camelot and King Arthur's knights; patriotic and religious love; the connections between love, violence, and morality; and issues of social class, nationality, and hetero- and homosexual love in medieval film and television.

Please send your 200-word proposal by e-mail to the area chair:

Justin T. Noetzel
Department of English
Saint Louis University
Adorjan Hall Room 127
3800 Lindell Boulevard
Saint Louis, MO 63108
Email: noetzelj@slu.edu (email submissions preferred)

Panel proposals for up to four presenters are also welcome, but each presenter must submit his or her own paper proposal. For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website (www.uwosh.edu/filmandhistory).