Storytelling in World Cinemas:
Narrative Forms and Contexts
Call for Papers
Chapters are solicited for the edited collection “Storytelling in World Cinemas”, edited by Lina Khatib (Senior Lecturer, Department of Media Arts, Royal Holloway, University of London).
The collection will be published by Wallflower Press.
Please send a 250-word abstract and a short biography to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 22, 2009.
Chapters should be framed within the following parameters:
In how many ways can cinema tell a story? Where does this storytelling come from? And what purpose does this storytelling serve? This collection aims at locating cinema within a wider cultural framework through focusing on the theme of storytelling in cinema. In particular, the collection will focus on how different cinemas tell stories, i.e., with the issue of narration in cinema. The collection will deal with non-classical narratives in different cinemas that are influenced by, among others, aural/oral, literary and religious storytelling traditions. For example, Ousmane Sembene's films are highly influenced by the griot, or the village oral storyteller, but are also often adaptations of his literary novels. Iranian cinema (especially Kiarostami’s work) often tells stories that are communicated as moments or feelings, not as plots, and is influenced by Iran’s poetic tradition. And films from the Arab world have been inspired by the episodic narrative tradition of 1001 Nights. In addition, the collection will include chapters about the influence of social and political context on the way stories are told in films (such as the impact of revolution or dictatorship). This collection is an examination of the different ways stories are told in cinemas, and the cultural/political context in which this storytelling exists. It begins with an investigation into the necessity of cinema narrative, and ends with an exploration of how cinema can go “beyond” the narrative. In between, it goes on a journey linking cinema with issues such as (but not limited to) religion, literature, theatre, music, poetry and oral epics, as well social and political contexts. So far, there is work done on those different narratives, but those studies tend to either look at such cinemas in isolation, or in comparison to the classical Hollywood narrative. This collection will bring together experts on those different cinemas in order to highlight how they converge and diverge and to arrive at a well-rounded examination of the cultural context in which storytelling in cinema exists and which it is shaped by.
Completed chapters are expected to be 5000 words long and are expected to be delivered by the end of June 2009.
In particular, chapters on the following topics are solicited:
- Non-narrative films (like Tropical Malady)
- Film narratives in Arab cinemas
- Film and revolution in Latin America
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