[UPDATE] 100 Years of D.W. Griffith's Intolerance

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Bill Scalia / Northeast Modern Language Association
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100 Years of D.W. Griffith's Intolerance

D.W. Griffith released his epic film Intolerance in 1916 within a contemporary context of social reform, increasing immigration, perceived challenges to religious liberty, and concerns over the corruptive influence of motion pictures. Also (and especially following Birth of a Nation in 1915), Griffith's film may be read as a response to the controversies surrounding the art of the motion picture (as his essays "The Rise and Fall of Free Speech in America" and "A Plea for the Art of the Motion Picture" attest). This panel seeks to reassess Intolerance on the occasion of its centennial and consider its relevance in today's cultural / political / social climate. Topics might include (but are not limited to) the following:

• Intolerance and the Social Reform Movement
• Intolerance and Political / Social Engagement
• Griffith's Defense of Cinema
• Intolerance in the Context of Griffith's Epic Cinema
• Intolerance and Griffith's Aesthetic Innovations
• Griffith and Eisenstein
• Griffith and Whitman
• Reception and Critical Reputation
• Exhibition and Censorship
• Intolerance and Griffith's Religious Sentiment
• Intolerance Today

The NeMLA 2016 Annual Conference will be held from March 17-20 in Hartford, CT.

Submit abstracts (300 words maximum) by September 30, 2015, to Session ID#15641 at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/15641

Full information regarding the 2016 Call for Papers may be found on NeMLA's website: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/cfp