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Sara Jane Richter <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 23 Apr 2004 13:53:19 -0500
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Call For Papers
November 11-14, 2004

Area CFP: World War II on ABC Television

ABC Television led the attack on the home front and gave us outstanding WWII dramas during the 1960's.  This television network aired four memorable WWII dramas:  the fighting skies of "Twelve O'Clock High," the North African sands of "Rat Patrol," the skullduggery of the commandos of "Garrison's Gorillas," and the France liberation soldiers of "Combat!"  Any discussion of WWII's portrayal on film and TV must include these famous TV series.

What made these shows classics?  What made them have rabid followings?  How were characters drawn?  Did casting, acting, directing, or story telling make them popular?  Did they share commonalities of directors, writers, challenges, producers, sets, theme, mood, tone, or message?  What made them differ from each other?  What does the shows' popularity say about the public perception-at least in the 1960's-of war?  Did they make commentary on Vietnam?  Did they offer viewers heroes in a time when heroes did not exist?  What caused their creation and cancellation?  Did the shows lead directly to later war TV series such as "M*A*S*H" and "China Beach?"  Were they strictly for entertainment or did they have social relevance?
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  Deadline for proposals is July 30, 2004.

Chair for World War II on ABC Television:
Dr. Sara Jane Richter
Dean, School of Liberal Arts

Oklahoma Panhandle State University

Box 430

Goodwell, OK  73939

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