NeMLA 2023 Panel—The Films of Denis Villeneuve: From Québécois Indies to Hollywood Blockbusters

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
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NeMLA 2023: Niagara Falls, NY. March 23-26, 2023. 


With his most recent film Dune (2021), Denis Villeneuve has solidified himself as one of today’s most versatile and successful directors. Though his recent efforts—Arrival (2016), Blade Runner 2049 (2017), and Dune (2021)—have all been science fiction blockbusters, his earlier films were more diverse in genre. Villeneuve’s body of work can be conceived of in three phases: French-Canadian dramas, various types of thrillers, and science fiction. Across each of these phases, certain themes and motifs have emerged and re-emerged—such as the temporal disruptions (and subsequent resolutions of balance) that occur in Maelström (2000) and Arrival (2016), to the complication of maternity in Un 32 août sur terre (1998), Arrival (2016), and Blade Runner 2049 (2017).

This panel seeks proposals on any of Villeneuve’s films. Paper topics can include but are not limited to: conceptions of language, temporality, identity, memory, maternity, the posthuman, adaptation, and war. Proposals that engage with the theme of NeMLA 2022, “Resilience,” are highly encouraged.

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be submitted directly on the NeMLA website by September 30, 2022. Direct link to this panel: