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: communikitchen.com (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 (www.uwosh.edu/filmandhistory <http://www.uwosh.edu/filmandhistory> ).
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