How can we talk about war as it has been presented in film, television, and
history without including a discussion of the dramatic conflict that inspired
such films as All Quiet on the Western Front, Sergeant York, The African Queen, and The Fighting 69th? The truth is that we cannot because “The Great War” has made a lasting impact on the cinematic landscape. Yet what do these films tell us about the perception of the First World War? How have particular films,documentaries, or television programs shaped the way Americans (and/or others)think about the World War I or about America in general? Do such films and television programs, which focus on a conflict that occurred almost a century ago, still have an influence today, particularly in terms of how we view current and potential military conflicts?
We are presently soliciting submissions of paper proposals that supply
potential answers to these and other questions concerning World War I and the
cinematic interpretations of the conflict and/or its history.
The Film & History League, with the Literature/Film Association, will be
holding its conference on "War in Film, Television, and History" during
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 www.filmandhistory.org. Deadline for proposals is July 30, 2004.
Chair for World War I Area:
James R. Knecht
James R. Knecht
Oklahoma State University
Department of English
205 Morrill Hall
Stillwater, OK 74075
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