Filmed representations of crime and forensic pursuit have become a staple of fictionalized television programs of late (e.g. the “Law & Order” and “CSI” franchises). Yet even these shows are premised upon real-world events, sometimes to ill effect (see, for instance, “Law & Order” and the first Andrea Yates trial). Moreover, several films and television shows have centered on criminal acts occurring in the real world, either presenting evidence to solicit the audience’s help in the investigation or reenacting the entirety of the crime and subsequent official investigation. As the crime documentary becomes codified, particular narrative patterns and visual techniques are beginning to emerge. This area seeks papers on the crime documentary that address all aspects of the genre; some critical approaches include, but are not limited to: technical/formal analysis, cultural studies, reception studies, narratology.
Deadline for submission is July 25, 2006.
The Film and History League conference details can be found at www.filmandhistory.org. The meeting will run from 8-12 November, 2006 in the Dolce Conference Center near the DFW airport. A spectrum of other areas will evolve on the web site over time.
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