Wes Anderson and Contemporary Hollywood Cinema

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Pete Kunze
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The selection of Moonrise Kingdom (Anderson, 2012) as the opening film of this year's Cannes Film Festival attests to Wes Anderson's world-wide visibility and increasing relevance. His films, recognizable for their offbeat characters, eclectic soundtracks, and deadpan humor, have steadily built a loyal fan base since the success release of his second film, Rushmore (Anderson, 1998). Through two short films and seven feature films, Anderson continues to cultivate a distinctive style that demonstrates the influence of European cinema, New American cinema, literature, classical music, and modern art, among others.

I seek papers for a panel that aims to situate and assess Anderson's role in contemporary Hollywood cinema, extending existing examinations of the depiction of family, discussions of auteurship or adaptation, or venturing into new areas of analysis. Additional topics may include his literary and cinematic influences, his work in the context of his peers, or discussions of race, gender, class, and/or sexuality in his films. The panel proposal will be submitted to the SCMS Conference in Chicago, March 6-10, 2013 at the Drake Hotel.

Please submit 300-word proposals and a brief CV to pkunze@fsu.edu by Monday, August 6, 2012. Acceptances will be made no later than Thursday, August 9.