CFP: Post-Romance Deadline Reminder!

Call For Papers:

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

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

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 electronically to by  
May 15, 2006

Antje Ascheid

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Antje Ascheid
Assistant Professor of Film Studies
Fine Arts Building
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
(706) 542-2759

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