Genre Trouble: The Role of Genre in 20th and 21st Century Film and Fiction
40th Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Feb. 26-March 1, 2009
Hyatt Regency - Boston, Massachusetts
Session Description Information:
Most works of popular film and fiction are heavily invested in notions of genre. Generic conventions help the author and filmmaker develop their plots, and provide viewers and readers with preset expectations for a given work. This panel seeks to engage works of twentieth and twenty-first century film and fiction that manipulate, blur and bend generic conventions and distinctions in order to better understand what is at stake in an author or filmmaker’s manipulation of genre, and to examine the ways in which generic manipulations affect the target audience of a text or film. Much of the significance in this project lies in finding out how the stakes of generic conventions have changed, and where the use of generic manipulation might be heading. Comparative works are welcome.
Possible topics include but are not limited to:
Modern versus postmodern uses of genre
The role/importance of genre in literature and film
A single author or director’s work with multiple genres
The role of a certain genre in an author or director’s work
Genre and postmodern narratives
The contemporary memoir
The contemporary biopic
The documentary, the “mockumentary,” the “documenteur”
Please send 250-500 word abstracts and all other inquiries to Allison Rittmayer at email@example.com.
Deadline: September 15, 2008
Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee)
The complete Call for Papers for the 2009 Convention will be posted in June: www.nemla.org.
Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA panel; however panelists can only present one paper. Convention participants may present a paper at a panel or seminar and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.
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