Performativity and Secondary Cinematic Authorship - NeMLA, Boston, March 21-24, 2013

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Jason Clemence: Tufts University
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Call for Papers

Performativity and Secondary Cinematic Authorship

44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts
Host Institution: Tufts University

Classic psychoanalytic film theory presumes an audience that experiences film spectatorship as a form of voyeurism, as well as film characters who are diegetically unaware of their own textual and performative status. But such a framework must be modified with respect to films in which major characters are depicted in the act of manufacturing texts, and in which these secondary texts are made to supplant the film proper. In such instances, character authors understand precisely that they are operating in a performative capacity. This panel will focus on films that rely extensively on this primary/secondary narrative structure, and in which characters are consistently engaged in performing, creating text, and shaping narrative. How does the fictionalization and dramatization of textual production call our attention to the constructed (decidedly non-innate) nature of narrative itself? How are the precepts of film spectatorship challenged by this particular film form? Submissions are welcome from all disciplines and theoretical perspectives. Possible topics and approaches include (but are not limited to):

• Films About Authors
• Surveillance Narrative
• Voice-Over as Text
• The Fictional Documentary (in cinema and/or television)
• Cinema & Epistolarity
• Authorship & Anxiety
• The Flashback
• Problems of Voyeurism
• Redefining the Gaze
• Authorship as Containment
• Blurring the Line Between Primary & Secondary Text

Panel Chair: Jason Clemence, Tufts University/University of Vermont

Deadline: September 30, 2012
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The 2013 NeMLA convention continues the Association's tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. The 44th annual event will be held in historic Boston, Massachusetts, a city known for its national and maritime history, academic facilities and collections, vibrant art, theatre, and food scenes, and blend of architecture. The Convention, located centrally near Boston Commons and the Theatre District at the Hyatt Regency, will include keynote and guest speakers, literary readings, film screenings, tours and workshops.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.