The Deadline for this Call for Papers is May 2006, not 2005 as previously indicated.

A Cinema of Love. A Cinema of Hate. The Post-Romance in Contemporary Film.

Editors: Antje Ascheid (University of Georgia) and Nina Martin (Emory University)

This anthology seeks to explore the recent emergence of the “post-romance” in international art
cinema, which represents issues of dating, love, sex and romance, along with modern urbanity,
“singularization” and isolation in a fundamentally pessimistic or at least highly skeptical fashion.
The concerns of contemporary plays and novels chronicling the collapse of the family, the
breakdown of marriages and the atomized loneliness of modern existence (Franzen, Houellebecq,
etc.) are matched here with the re-emerging traditions of art cinema in independent film. As early
as 1998, LA Times critic Kenneth Turan pointed to a new trend towards immorality and nihilistic
darkness in independent cinema, diagnosing in films like Happiness (Solondz, 1998) or Your
Friends and Neighbors (La Bute, 1998) an inappropriate “lust for the grim.”  Like-minded critics
suggested the emergence of a “new cinema of hate.” Since then, there has been a marked increase
in this generic development identifiable in art films across an international spectrum. This volume
proposes to investigate the phenomenon of the “post-romance” as a counterpoint to popular
romance narratives prominent in heritage cinema and the romantic comedy in a global context.

Possible paper topics could include, but are not limited to, recent films by Lars van Trier, Todd
Solondz, Catherine Breillat, Olivier Assayas, François Ozon, Neil LaBute, Mike Nichols, Michael
Haneke, Oskar Roehler, Andreas Dresen, Roger Avery, Nicole Holofcener, Wong Kar-Wei, Coline
Serreau and many others.

Proposals of 300-500 words should be submitted by May 15, 2006.

Electronic submission should go to:

Antje Ascheid
Assistant Professor of Film Studies
Fine Arts Building
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
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