Call For Papers
November 11-14, 2004

Area CFP: Aesthetics of the War Film

How can we talk about war films without focusing merely on politics?  From
_Gone with the Wind_ to _Star Wars_, and in more direct treatments like
_Full Metal Jacket_ and _We Were Soldiers_, film has used war as a medium
for probing the character of both the individual and the state.  But,
because it has served very diverse political ends, the war film--not just
"war" and not just liberal or conservative versions of it--points to a
deeper interest in the genre itself, in the war narrative as a distinctive
aesthetic experience.  What defines that aesthetic?  What aesthetic makes a
war film uniquely American or Western?  What does it do or not do with
literature, history, technology, or culture--and why?  Which kinds of formal
structures and devices make this genre work, and what purposes do they
serve?  When does the war film fail or succeed as art?

The Film & History League, with the Literature/Film Association, will be
holding its conference on "War in Film, Television, and History" during
November 11-14, 2004, near Dallas, TX.  Full details on the location,
registration procedures, and additional area topics can be found on the web
site  Deadline for proposals is July 30, 2004.

Chair for Aesthetics Area:

Dr. Loren P. Q. Baybrook
Department of English
University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
Oshkosh, WI 54901
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