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Exploration of "isms" in Literature: Purpose, Politics, Pragmatics, and Profundity

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Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 11:16am
NeMLA
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

While periods of classicism, neo-classicism, modernism, and pre/post-modernism are certainly noteworthy “isms” in literature, so, also, are other concepts of “isms,” such as, heroism, supernaturalism, imagism, afro-futurism, feminism, activism, colorism, existentialism, symbolism, witticism, dualism, utopianism, et al.  The objective of this session is to examine thoughtfully how these and other pertinent “isms” have and continue to influence literature socially and culturally, realistically and idealistically, literally and figuratively, nationally and internationally.  In so doing, the researcher should think critically, insightfully, and provocatively about the importance of various “isms” in literature for their purpose, politics, pragmatics, and prof

Wizard of Oz Panel for SCMS

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Monday, July 23, 2018 - 9:45am
Ryan Bunch
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

2019 will be the 80th Anniversary of MGM’s The Wizard of Oz, and SCMS will be meeting in Seattle—the Emerald City!

I would like to propose a panel on The Wizard of Oz. I am open to receiving proposals on the 1939 film, other film adaptations of Oz, or the presence of Oz in American and global culture.

Please email paper proposals, including a title, abstract (200-300 words), and a short bio to Ryan Bunch (ryan@ryanbunch.com) by August 15.

Investigating Crime Films from Transnational Perspectives (SCMS 2019 Panel)

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Monday, July 23, 2018 - 9:43am
Sarah Delahousse
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Investigating Crime Films from Transnational Perspectives

Emerging as a result of the international popularity of American and British detective novels in the 19th and early 20th century, the crime film has fascinated filmmakers and audiences since the early days of cinema because of its thrilling subject matter and commentary on the consequences of urban and industrial modernization. This genre, thus, adapts and translates well into different cultural contexts and appealing beyond a film’s domestic audience. Furthermore, it provides a means for filmmakers to cultivate their style and influence cinemas outside their countries of origin through their use of and perhaps reimagining of established genre conventions.