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Hugh S Manon <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 19 May 2004 17:30:48 -0500
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Call For Papers
November 11-14, 2004

Area: The Uses of War in Film Noir

Proposals are invited for papers to be presented at the "War in Film, 
Television, and History Conference" in Dallas, Texas, November 11-14, 2004 
for a panel on "The Uses of War in Film Noir."

How does film noir use war as a collective point of reference?  Classic American film noir has often been discussed as an expression of postwar anxiety, yet 
surprisingly little has been said about the ways in which the crime 
narratives of film noir use World War Two as an emotional reference point--a means of anchoring 
audience desires in plots which almost never concern war per se.  In what ways does film noir take advantage of the resonance that the War held for its viewers?  Why do 
such films as Act of Violence, The Blue Dahlia, Crossfire, and Suddenly portray returning veterans in such different ways?  In what ways do film noir narratives exploit the phenomenon we now call Post-Traumatic Stress 
Disorder?  How do more recent neo-noirs relocate or reconfigure classic noir's dependence on the shared past of wartime?  How does the memory of World 
War Two explicitly or implicitly function in European-produced films noirs such as Odd Man Out, Night and the City, and The Third Man? 

The Film & History League, with the Literature/Film Association, will be 
holding its conference on "War in Film, Television, and History" during 
November 11-14, 2004, near Dallas, TX.  Full details on the location, 
registration procedures, and additional area topics can be found on the 
web site

Please send proposals with abstract (approx 300 words) and a short bio no 
later than July 30, 2004 to:

Dr. Hugh S. Manon
Department of English
Oklahoma State University
211-A Morrill Hall
Stillwater, OK 74078-4069

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