UPDATE of deadline for "War in Film, TV, and History": paper proposals now due by 15 September, 2004.
Call For Papers
WAR IN FILM, TV, AND HISTORY
November 11-14, 2004
Area CFP: Aesthetics of the War Film
How can we talk about war films without focusing merely on politics? From 'Gone with the Wind' to 'Star Wars", and in more direct treatments like 'Full Metal Jacket' and 'We Were Soldiers,' film has used war as a medium for probing the character of both the individual and the state. But, because it has served very diverse political ends, the war film--not just "war" and not just liberal or conservative versions of it--points to a deeper interest in the genre itself, in the war narrative as a distinctive
aesthetic experience. What defines that aesthetic? What aesthetic makes a war film uniquely American or Western? What does it do or not do with literature, history, technology, or culture--and why? Which kinds of formal structures and devices make this genre work, and what purposes do they serve? When does the war film fail or succeed as art?
The Film & History League, with the Literature/Film Association and the Journal of Film and History, 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 Sept. 15, 2004.
Chair for Aesthetics Area:
Dr. Loren P. Q. Baybrook
Department of English
University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
Oshkosh, WI 54901
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