Call for Papers: Representing the Rural in the Cinema
Proposals are invited for contributions to a collection which will focus
upon the use of the rural space within the cinema. We invite proposals
which take ‘the rural’ in its widest sense and may include studies of such
La Terra Trema (Visconti, Italy 1948) Land Without Bread (Bunuel, Spain
1932) Farrebique (Georges Rouquier, France 1948) the work of Albert
Tessier, Symphonie Paysanne (Henri Storck, Belgium 1942-44) Raging Sky and
The Earth (both Youssef Chahine, Egypt 1953, 1968) Earth (Dovzhenko, Russia
1930) Tree of Wooden Clogs (Ermano Olmi, Italy 1978) Will there be snow for
Christmas? (Sandrine Veysset, France 1996) Lagaan (Ashutosh Gowariker,
India 2001) This Filthy Earth ( Andrew Kotting, UK 2001)
We also welcome proposals which treat thematic areas to include:
Representations of country folk and country life: images of ‘the regional
picturesque’ and its capacity both for escapism and nostalgia.
The possibility of ‘rural genres’
Dichotomies between city and country, between the traditional and the
modern, between the utopic and dystopic
The place of rural representations in debates around national cinemas:
their revelation of the degree and nature of the nation’s investment in its
The use of the rural to represent subaltern or minority cultures in Europe,
North America, Latin America and other third world regions whose claims to
national identity are problematic and even controversial.
The use of the rural space to examine archaic customs and rituals connected
to the land.
The situation of peasant cinema within the larger context of national
cinemas: i.e. comparisons between local and regional cinemas, and between
dominant and residual cultures.
Peasant culture and its place in definitions of ‘the national’ (its use of
the rural milieu and its inhabitants as models for a wider national
Peasant cinema as documentary and/or ethnography: representations and
recreations of the ‘real’.
Please send a one-page proposal by July 31st 2002 to Dr Catherine Fowler,
Faculty of Media, Arts and Society, Southampton Institute of Higher
Education, East Park Terrace, Southampton, SO14 0YN, United Kingdom. For
further information or to submit via email please contact either Catherine
Fowler: [log in to unmask] or Gillian Helfield
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