Style & Meaning
(sub-heading: Textual Analysis - Interpretation - Mise en scène)
Submission Deadline: 30 June 1999
Location: The University of Reading - Department of Film & Drama
Date: 17 18 19 March 2000
Without detailed analysis of individual movies film study is inevitably
stranded in assertion and generalisation. While the best writing of every
theoretical persuasion has always worked closely on the texture of films, there
have been major disagreements and debates about the nature of film style and
mise en scène, the place of interpretation in film studies and the
methodological frameworks for textual analysis. The conference will be devoted
to the detailed study and interpretation of films, together with historical and
theoretical perspectives on close analysis.
In addition to the familiar pattern of panel discussions and plenaries, the
conference will include workshops in which speakers will present frameworks for
analysis of the detail of a movie, as an introduction to discussion.
Proposals for three kinds of presentation are invited:
1. Close readings grounded in detailed analysis.
2. Discussion of historical and / or theoretical issues related to film
analysis, style, interpretation etc.
3. Workshop introductions, designed to open up issues about a sequence
(or sequences), as a prelude to extended debate (workshops will last about
Titles of films to be discussed at the conference will be circulated in advance.
Abstracts should be about 200 words (presentations will be about 20 minutes in
length) and should be submitted no later than 30 June 1999, to the address below.
Alison Butler, John Gibbs, Jim Hillier, Douglas Pye
Style & Meaning Conference
Department of Film & Drama
The University of Reading
Earley, Reading, RG6 1HY.
Fax: 0118 9318873 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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