CALL FOR PAPERS
Proposed Special Session for Modern Language Association
December 1998 Conference in San Francisco
*Aesthetics of Noise in Film and Fiction*
Abstracts are invited on any aspect of non-musical, non-verbal aural
phenomena in fiction or film. Of particular interest are papers dealing
with the impact of 19th- and 20th-century aural technologies on the
representation and aestheticization of noise in narrative forms. However,
papers dealing with texts from other time periods are certainly welcome.
Papers may consider constructions of background noise, sound effects, "white
noise," feedback, noise pollution, static, or "natural" sounds; examine the
psychological, emotional or physiological impact of noise; discuss the
social, historical, or political implications of aestheticizing noise; take
a comparative look at noise and other sensory phenomena, or deal with how
noise gets defined by fiction and film in relation to music or speech.
General theoretical approaches (semiotic, Lacanian, etc.) as well as close
readings of particular texts/films are welcome. Papers broadly construing
the term "noise" are encouraged.
Please send inquiries and 500-word abstracts by March 10 to
322 Wheeler Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
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