Moving Bodies, Moving Pictures: Dance in Early German Cinema
Articles sought for a special issue of Seminar focusing on the intersections between dance and film in Germany from 1895 to 1933. As two media of the moving image and two "silent arts of gesture" (Béla Balázs), dance and cinema bore close affinities in the modern imagination and served as key forums for negotiating transformations in experience, identity and lifestyles. Dance was a popular subject of early attraction films, and recent studies have demonstrated its continuing importance - alongside theater or painting - as a source for filmic innovation. With its plethora of dance schools and movements, the German context offers a particularly rich field for explorations of the links between dance and motion pictures. We invite articles exploring any aspect of this relation in Wilhelmine or Weimar cinema. Manuscripts (max. 9000 words) may be submitted in German, English or French and should conform to the Seminar guidelines (http://www.humanities.ualberta.ca/Seminar/submissions.htm ). Enquiries and questions may be directed to Michael Cowan (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Barbara Hales (Hales@uhcl.edu ). Submission due date: January 10th, 2009.
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