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Mon, 29 Jul 2013 09:26:17 -0400
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Panel for Society of Cinema and Media Studies Conference, 2014: Seattle,

Counter-narratives in the Cinema of World War I

 For the last hundred years, the World War I has been presented in both
documentary and feature films within the context of a dominant narrative:
the transformation of male characters from the beneficiaries of an idyllic
pre-war world to the hardened and brutalized victims of trench or aerial
warfare.  It is often suggested that the combatant nations experienced a
similar transformation. In the context of this narrative, canonical films
such as *Wings, The Big Parade, All Quiet on the Western Front, J’Accuse, A
Farewell to Arms, The Grand Illusion, Sergeant York, Oh, What a Lovely
War*function simultaneously war films and anti-war films, adventure
tragedies, morality plays and studies in absurdity.  While we are often
reminded of the War’s dubious origins and illogical pursuit, we are just as
often left with a point: that the excesses of unthinking militarism are to
be avoided and indeed can be avoided by the sadder but wiser men who return
from the trenches.

 It is the purpose of this panel to discuss cinematic depictions of the
Great War that exist outside of or run counter to this dominant narrative.
These may be entire films or aspects of films.  We invite papers that seek
to counter, complicate and further nuance our understanding of World War I
as presented in the cinema. Topics may include the depiction of:

 -       the role and evolution of women during the Great War period

-       colonialism and the War

-     transnational audiences and representing war

-     intermediality and the films of World War I

-       pacifists and the pursuit of pacifism

-       labor and the workplace during the War years

-       the arts and artists in support and resistance to the War

-     audience and critical response to these films

Send 250-300 word abstract, 5 source sample bibliography, and short
biographical statement by *August 10, 2013* to:
Seth Feldman
York University
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Liz Clarke
Wilfrid Laurier University
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Liz Clarke
Doctoral Candidate
Department of English and Film Studies
Wilfrid Laurier University

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