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Call for Papers

"The Intrusion of Love"

2010 Film & History Conference: Representations of Love in Film and Television

November 11-14, 2010

Hyatt Regency Milwaukee

Second Round Deadline: November 1, 2009 


AREA:   The Intrusion of Love

 Love blossoms in unexpected places, bringing not only passion, but awkwardness, 
warmth, intrigue, and comedy to the most unlikely stories and settings in televised 
programming.  This area seeks to examine the spontaneous, unforeseen side of love on 
television, where romance is not central, but an intrusion into the narrative.  Here, 
romance functions to humanize and endear, to lighten or intensify tension in the plot, and 

to provide unanticipated laughs that alter modes of reception.  Romance emerges as a plot 
device across genres:  comedic, forensic, and crime dramas, stories of terror and 
suspense, etc.. This area seeks papers that do not concentrate on explicitly romantic 
comedy - those shows in which romance is the main thematic focus - but on shows in 
which love and romance insinuate themselves into workplaces and ball fields, bar rooms 
and emergency rooms, heists and investigations, creating bracketed moments of laughter, 
wistfulness, tension, and irony within the ongoing narrative.

This area, comprising multiple panels, encourages a wide range of interpretive 
perspectives, including close textual readings, semiotic analyses, and critical/historical 
points of view. Papers grounded on different theoretical and methodological backgrounds 
will also be appreciated, in order to foster a more complete understanding of the 
increasingly frequent phenomenon of the intrusion of love.
 Possible topics and approaches include:
- ongoing or unresolved romantic tension between leading characters  (Bones, NCIS)
- romance between or involving secondary characters as "mood lightener" in serious drama (CSI)
- the emergence of denied love (Ugly Betty, Lost)
- recurring romance-based inside jokes
- intertextual models of behavior (such as "the Ross and Rachel effect")
- love and romance as a fallback theme

Please send 200-word paper proposals to the area chair:

Antonio Savorelli, Ph.D.
Semiotics & Media Design
Via Appia 26
40026 Imola (BO)

Email:   (email submissions preferred)

Panel proposals for up to four presenters are also welcome, but each presenter must submit his or her own paper proposal. For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website ( <> ).



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