Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference PANEL
2010 Conference in Los Angeles, March 17-21
Hollywood’s Mythmaking Traditions: Visions and Re-visions in Film and Television
For almost as long as Hollywood has been making films, it has been remaking them. Whether through repeated adaptations of the same source material (Cinderella), remakes of overseas successes (The Ring), franchise reboots (Star Trek), or revisions of dated Hollywood material (Battlestar Galactica, V), Hollywood producers often bank on the continued resonance of old stories over the introduction of new ones. This panel explores why some remakes succeed and others fail. What are the commercial and creative criteria by which success and failure might be judged? How has this cycle of cinematic vision and re-vision altered old myths and created new ones? Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
- English adaptations of successful foreign language films (i.e. Let the Right One In)
- Traditional fairy tales and myths made and remade in film
- Comparative analyses of specific television remakes (i.e. Battlestar Galactica, Bionic Woman, V, Life on Mars, The Office)
- Franchise reboots
- Comic book adaptations
- Reception studies of remakes / adaptations
- Theorizing adaptation / remakes
- Retelling “history” (i.e. The Tudors)
- Cinema as vehicle of modern myth
- Book author as genre (i.e. Jane Austen, Ian Fleming)
- Alterations reflecting changing views on gender, race, class, sexuality, etc.
Please send abstracts (300-350 words) and your full contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 20, 2009.
Accepted presenters will be notified by August 25. The final panel proposal will be submitted to SCMS by the September 1 deadline. Acceptance of your proposal does not guarantee that SCMS will accept the panel as a whole.
Doctoral Candidate in Women’s Studies, Emory University
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