French Women Shaping the Fantastic & the Quotidian in the US Film Ind.

deadline for submissions: 
May 15, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Elisabeth-C. Muelsch , Women in French/PAMLA
contact email: 

 I am proposing the following panel for the PAMLA  2022 to be held in Los Angeles, California (UCLA Luskin Conference Center and Hotel, November 11-13, 2022.


Paper abstracts should be uploaded directly to the conference portal CFP page on or before May 15th.


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1. Women in French I: French Women Shaping the Fantastic & the Quotidian in the US Film Industry (Panel / In-Person)

Since the beginning of cinema, French female film producers, directors, actresses, and script writers steadily influenced developments in the American film industry. In their role as directors and producers they promoted American actors and actresses; as actresses they contributed to the shaping of genres, putting spice into the humdrum of everyday life (melodrama) and exploring the realms of the fantastic (horror movies). Their nationality, their gender, and their “cute” accents reinforced and continues to reinforce for the American viewer clichéd views of French culture and Frenchness. The actresses often portray heroines who frequently oscillate between romance, passion, and unconventionality, adhering to and defying traditional gender roles.

Chair: Elisabeth-Christine Muelsch (Angelo State University)