I am soliciting proposals for the first book-length study of the intersections of dialogue and genre in film studies. The book will be divided into four sections:
1. Dialogue and Genre – Essays will extend Sarah Kozloff’s foundational scholarship in Overhearing Film Dialogue (UC Press 2000) through examinations of dialogue patterns in genres not addressed in her study, especially: film noir, horror, romantic comedy, science fiction, fantasy, action/adventure, epics, war, sports films, and musicals.
2. Multi-genre Dialogue / Dialogue Without Genre – Essays will address dialogue patterns that span several genres; alternatively, essays will argue for instances of film dialogue that defy established definitions of genre and/or constitute their own genre.
3. Dialogue, Genre, and Representation – Essays will theorize and provide historical overviews of the intersections of genre and representation in film in the context of dialogue. Essays might concentrate on groups defined in terms of race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, socioeconomic status, gender, sexuality, and other identity markers not listed above.
4. Teaching Genre Through Dialogue / Teaching Dialogue Through Genre – Essays will offer innovative pedagogical models that facilitate the study of film dialogue and genre in the classroom.
Please send a 250-word abstract, c.v., and 100-word bio to: Jeff Jaeckle (Michigan State University): firstname.lastname@example.org by October 5th 2007.
Department of English
Michigan State University
201 Morrill Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
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