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Fri, 23 Oct 1998 11:48:14 +0000
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The University of Reading                       Department of Film & Drama
                            STYLE & MEANING
          Textual Analysis - Interpretation - Mise en scène
                          17 18 19 March 2000
                            Call For Papers
Without detailed analysis of individual movies film study is inevitably
stranded in assertion and generalisation. While the best writing of every
theoretical persuasion has always worked closely on the texture of films,
there have been major disagreements and debates about the nature of film
style and mise en scène, the place of interpretation in film studies and
the methodological frameworks for textual analysis. The conference will be
devoted to the detailed study and interpretation of films, together with
historical and theoretical perspectives on close analysis.
In addition to the familiar pattern of panel discussions and plenaries, the
conference will include workshops in which speakers will present frameworks
for analysis of the detail of a movie, as an introduction to discussion.
Proposals for three kinds of presentation are invited:
        *       Close readings grounded in detailed analysis.
        *       Discussion of historical and / or theoretical issues related to
                film analysis, style,
                interpretation etc.
        *       Workshop introductions, designed to open up issues about a
                sequence (or sequences),
                as a prelude to extended debate (workshops will last about 90
Titles of films to be discussed at the conference will be circulated in advance.
Abstracts should be about 200 words (presentations will be about 20 minutes
in length) and should be submitted no later than 30 June 1999, to: Style &
Meaning Conference, Department of Film & Drama, The University of Reading,
Bulmershe Court, Earley, Reading, RG6 1HY. Fax: 0118 9318873. e-mail:
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                            Organising Committee
            Alison Butler, John Gibbs, Jim Hillier, Douglas Pye
Online resources for film/TV studies may be found at ScreenSite