Robert von Dassanowsky (University of Colorado, Colorado Springs/UCLA) and Oliver C. Speck (University of North Carolina, Wilmington) solicit abstracts for English-language essays to be included in a proposed volume on New Austrian Film. This volume is intended as a reader which explores and analyses New Austrian Film and its pertinence for the non-German-speaking world, making this cinematic rebirth of Austrian motion picture art and industry accessible to academics, students, filmmakers, critics and cineastes.
We invite a variety of academic approaches (close readings, psychoanalytical, anthrocultural, sociopolitical, new historicist, feminist, postmodernist, literary adaptation, etc.) to the period and the artists (directors, writers, actors, producers) of New Austrian Film, beginning with its roots in the early 1980s (the onset of the national film fund; provocative historical confrontations utilizing traditional structure such as Antel's "Der Bockerer" and Glück's "38"; feminist narratives as in Export's "Die Praxis der Liebe") to the present. Topics may also include examinations of feature, documentary and experimental genres; (co-)production modes; national, regional and international reception; political, ethnic and social influences and ramifications. Given the nature of the Austrian industry, films made for television that were given theatrical release (or vice versa) are acceptable. Filmmakers of interest include Haneke, Albert, Gräftner, Seidl, Hausner, Derflinger, Glawogger, Tscherkassky, Arnold, Widrich, Schwabenitzky, Beckermann, Heller, Schmiderer, Sauper, Mader, Sicheritz, Ruzowitzky, Spielmann, Sturminger, Draschan, Manker, Stepanik, Schindel, Unger, Minck, Covi, Frimmel.
Please send proposal abstracts with e-mail header "New Austrian Film Book" of up to 500 words (in Microsoft Word) and a short cv or biography in the same attachment to both Robert von Dassanowsky (email@example.com) and Oliver C. Speck (firstname.lastname@example.org). The deadline for abstracts is January 31, 2007. Accepted contributions (7,000 words max.) will be due in August 2007.
Robert von Dassanowsky
Dept. of Languages and Cultures
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Oliver C. Speck
Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures University of North Carolina, Wilmington (email@example.com). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ; email@example.com
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