An Anthology Concerning the Role of Film in the Cultural Construction and Representation of the American West Deadline: October 1, 2002
Celluloid Cowboys and Silver Screen Cities: Film and the Cultural Construction of the American West, a collection of papers addressing the contribution of film to the images, symbols and values that define the American West as a cultural construct. The West has long signified American notions of hope, freedom and opportunity. Over time, the region has also come to represent the failure of those aspirations and the dark underside of their pursuit -- greed, violence, short-sightedness. Film has played a leading role in representing the West in all of its manifestations, from light to dark to gray. Papers for this volume should address this role. One of the chief goals of this anthology is to capture the diversity of cinematic representations of the West.
Accordingly, contributions may focus on a range of topics, a variety of films and film genres, and various expressions of Western history, places and landscapes. Works written from an international perspective, considering how film has constructed the West for a global public, are also welcome, as are papers addressing the intertextuality of Western ideals and images. Send completed papers (25 pages maximum, double-spaced), to the address given below.
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