CFP: UPDATE: CHARISMATIC LEADERS IN LITERATURE AND FILM Area, Mexico Mtg of
PCA. Deadline extended!! (6/30, 2001; 10/17-21, 2001)
AREA CALL FOR PAPERS and PANELS: Mexico Meeting of the Popular Culture
Association in Conjunction with the 5th Annual Congress, UDLA
October 17-21, 2001
Searching for papers and panels that relate to the depiction of the
charismatic leader and/or dictator in literature and film.
Mario Vargas Llosa has said of his most recent novel, La fiesta del chivo:
"Not even democracy is immune from the stench of dictatorship because the
true tradition in government is despotism. Democracy is the exception.
Dictatorships are supported by the most destructive instincts. The only
thing that protects society against dictatorship is a democratic culture."
Novelists, dramatists and filmmakers alike 'frame' the dictator so as to
expose the "true tradition of government [which] is despotism" at the same
time as they undermine it in the quest to create a "democratic culture";
however, if Vargas Llosa is right, they also may very well be unable to rid
their work of that stench, and the promotion of democracy would seem to lead
to the dark return of despotism.
The focus of panels in this area asks participants to demonstrate how novels
and films, and maybe even dramatic works, which were created to heal,
distance, process, or condemn dictatorship, cannot escape the stench of
dictatorship, cannot escape promoting dictatorship in spite of themselves.
Papers and panel proposals are invited which address this issue and other
issues raised by Latin American novelists and filmmakers who take as their
topics the person of the dictator. We already have papers on fictional and
filmic representations of Pinochet, Eva Peron, Trujillo, and Marti. The
topic is far from exhausted.
Puebla and Cholula have wonderful attractions to compliment the conference
at the University of the Americas. Also, the conference includes welcome
reception, dinner, and end of conference party, all of which offer wonderful
opportunities to meet colleagues and exchange ideas. This is a great
conference; papers are provocative; shopping is wonderful, if you love
Talavera pottery, especially; and the area is rich with conquest and
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