The Nursing and Military Medicine Area for the 2004 Film and History Conferenceinvites paper and panel proposals that examine representations of nursing and military medicine in war novels, films, journalism, propaganda, posters, and other modes of representation. Medical personnel witness the pain of war, and narrate a history of pain that has historically been censored and, alternatively, reshaped as propaganda. Representations of the figure of the nurse construct a persuasive discourse that engages nationalism, race, gender and sexuality, modernity and aesthetics. Papers can focus on literary,
cinematic, artistic, and/or propagandistic modes of representing nursing and
military medicine from any military conflict, using diverse approaches such as
textual/visual analysis, cultural criticism, aesthetics, and theory.
Films and texts that may be considered could include any of the following (we
also encourage proposals about other films and texts not on this list):
A Farewell to Arms (Hemingway, 1932)
A Journal of Impressions in Belgium (May Sinclair, 1915),
Testament of Youth (Vera Brittain, 1933)
The Forbidden Zone (Mary Borden, 1929)
The Backwash of War (Ellen La Motte)
Not so Quietly: Stepdaughters of War. (Helen Zenna Smith)
Adolescent and adult romance fiction
Home Before Morning: The Story of an Army Nurse in Vietnam (Lynda Van
Devanter with Christopher Morgan, 1983).
(American) Daughter Gone to War: The True Story of a
young Nurse in Vietnam (Winnie Smith, 1992).
The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje, 1992)
Pale Horse, Pale Rider? (Katherine Ann Porter)
Journalism and other media texts representing nursing figures like Florence
Nightingale, Clara Barton, and Edith Cavell.
Pearl Harbor (Bay, 2001)
Since You Went Away (Cromwell, 1944)
The Best Years of Our Lives (Wyler, 1946).
Gone With the Wind (Fleming, 1939)
M*A*S*H (Altman, 1970)
Arch of Triumph (Erich Maria Remarque, 1945)
Lifeboat (Hitchcock, 1944)
So Proudly We Hail (Sandrich, 1943)
Cry Havoc (Thorpe, 1943)
Nurse Edith Cavell (Wilcox, 1939)
Send abstracts by July 30, 2004 to Debra White-Stanley at the address below:
The Film & History League, with the Literature/Film Association, will be holding its conference on "War in Film, Television, and History," November 11-14, 2004, near Dallas, TX. Full details on the location, registration procedures, and additional area topics can be found on the web site.
Department of English
University of Arizona
Tucson AZ 85701
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