CFP: Nature and the Environment in the American West(s):
The "Natural" World in Film and Television Representations of "the West."

The first "westerns" were filmed in the East and then (Eureka!) moviemakers
discovered California.

This area explores not only the use of Western landscape (Monument Valley,
etc.), but also the "role" of nature in film and television "westerns," as
well as those strange-looking "boulders" of sound stage creation.

From silent film to talkies, from the representations of the "west" of the
American colonialists to the "west" of Silicon Valley, the natural world
provides an environment for cinema narrative, often with a "speaking role."

The natural environment of the American West(s) in film and television can be
examined through many lenses.  I hope you will join me for this opportunity
to examine the importance of the natural world in "Western" film.

Some sample films:

The Grapes of Wrath
The Plow That Broke the Plains and The River
A River Runs Through It

Please send a brief (150-200 word) abstract and a short bio to:

Deborah Carmichael
Oklahoma State University
Department of English
205 Morrill Hall
Stillwater OK 74078

Phone/fax 405-372-1883 or email at [log in to unmask]


This national conference, "The American West(s) in Film, Television, and
History," sponsored by The Film and History League, will be held at the
Kansas City Marriott-Country Club Plaza from November 7-10, 2002.  See the
Film & History website for details on registration and special events
including the keynote speaker, John Cawelti, the author of a "pioneering"
book, The Six-Gun Mystique.

Go to for complete information about the conference,
hotel accommodations, special events, etc.

See you there at the Gateway to the West!

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