Call for Papers: "Drastik -- The New Fascination with Violence in Literature and the Visual Arts"
44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Host Institution: Tufts University
This panel wants to draw attention to hidden discourses of violence that have gained a large followership over the past decade; yet they rarely surface to public eyes. Depictions of violence in "unofficial“ literature and film media, e.g. the ominous "splatter,“ have reached a critical mass and a number of unifying qualities to justify that they are treated as a category of their own. For now, I suggest the term "drastik,“ used by German writer and critic Dietmar Dath to describe a melange of violence, horror and sexual content. Many works of "drastik“ are crude mixtures of avantgarde and pulp fiction; they define "another place,“ where the rules of society do not apply and fears as well as desires run free. Bursting the limits of genres and bridging different sorts of media (literary books, graphic novels, cinematic film, web clips, audio, computer games), drastik discourses heavily influence mass communication and "official“ culture (current example: "The Hunger Games“).
With directors like Olaf Ittenbach, writers like Tobias O. Meissner, and critics like Dietmar Dath, there is a specific German aspect to the issue; but the panel is not limited to this perspective. New distribution channels make this a truly international movement.
Selection of possible topics for papers:
Descriptions and interpretations of specific works and authors
Aesthetics of Drastik
Drastik’s place in society
The roots of Drastik in 60s/70s cinema (Jésus Franco, George A. Romero etc.)
Drastik informing mass culture / mass media
Drastik’s audience and the way it creates its own, clandestine discourse
Please send abstracts (250-300 words)/inquiries to Harald Zils, Binghamton University, email: [log in to unmask]
Deadline: September 30, 2012
Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
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The 2013 NeMLA convention continues the Association's tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. The 44th annual event will be held in historic Boston, Massachusetts, a city known for its national and maritime history, academic facilities and collections, vibrant art, theatre, and food scenes, and blend of architecture. The Convention, located centrally near Boston Commons and the Theatre District at the Hyatt Regency, will include keynote and guest speakers, literary readings, film screenings, tours and workshops.
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