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Janet Staiger <[log in to unmask]>
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CFP:     Two Special Issues of Film Criticism

         Complex Narratives--due January 15, 2006
             Digital Special Effects--due April 1, 2006

Complex Narratives
Papers are invited for a special issue of Film Criticism devoted to recent
complex narratives. Since Pulp Fiction, numerous films have employed
complicated story/plot structures to various ends. Manuscripts should focus
on either analysis of individual examples or the phenomenon as a whole. All
published essays will, however, do more than describe complex narratives.
They will also explain causes for this trend and/or contribute to existing
critical approaches for analyzing these narratives. All critical methods
are encouraged. Queries should be directed to the guest editor, Janet
Staiger: jstaiger <>.
Deadline for submission: January 15, 2006
Manuscripts should be in MLA format, 15-20 pages in length
Please send one copy and disc (Word format is preferred) to:
Janet Staiger
Department of Radio-Television-Film (CMA 6.128)
University of Texas at Austin
One University Station A0800
Austin, TX 78712

Digital Special Effects
Film Criticism seeks essays for a special issue on contemporary cinema and
digital special effects. We are particularly interested in work that moves
beyond the spectacle vs. narrative debate to consider how digital special
effects have impacted film aesthetics (color, style, etc.), genre,
narrative, film bodies, setting and mise en scene, animation, and motion.
Essays do not necessarily have to focus on technical aspects of the
production of digital special effects. A broad range of critical approaches
is welcome. Send queries to guest editor Kristen Whissel
<[log in to unmask]>.
Deadline for submission: April 1, 2006
Manuscripts should be MLA format and approximately 20 pages in length.
Please send one copy and disc (Word format or pdf file) to:
Kristen Whissel
Film Studies Program
7408 Dwinelle Hall #2670
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-2670

Founded in 1976, Film Criticism recently completed its twenty-eighth year
of continuous publication, making it the third oldest academic film journal
in the country. FC has published the work of such international scholars as
Dudley Andrew, David Bordwell, David Cook, Robin Wood, Janet Staiger, Ann
Kaplan, Andrew Horton, Wheeler Winston Dixon, Marcia Landy, and Peter
Lehman. Equally important, we continue to present the very best writing
from a new generation of film historians, theorists, and critics
representing many different disciplines, cultures, and critical
perspectives. "The critical analysis found in the essay-length articles is
of a particularly high quality... Researchers will profit from the
excellent book review section " (Katz's Magazines for Libraries). In
addition, Film Criticism regularly publishes single-theme issues, extensive
interviews, and festival reports. The journal is peer-reviewed.

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