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>Subject: CFP: Queer(ing) Melodrama (8/1/06; SCMS, 3/8/07-3/11/07)
>2007 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference
>March 8-11, 2007
>I am currently seeking papers for the following panel:
>Recent theories of genre encourage thinking of melodrama not as a singular
>generic category, but as a sustained modality in all popular American films
>(among other national industries). As such, melodrama would possess a
>democratizing potential for personifying social forces within a
>visual realm, thus
>contesting the ideologies and binaries that produce cultural "others."
>Meahwhile, amidst a growing number of mainstream Hollywood "queer melodramas"
>such as The Hours (Daldry 2002), Far From Heaven (Haynes 2002), and Brokeback
>Mountain (Lee 2005), a nascent queer film theory engages the questions of
>queer spectatorship, the constitution of queer cinematic imagery, and the
>capacities of narrative cinema for establishing queer complicity and
>This panel will examine the overlap of these two domains of critical thought
>to ask the question: "Is melodrama queer?" How might melodramatic tension,
>in its engagement of pathos and action, retrieve a queer subjectivity? With
>the emphasis in melodrama on the corporeal, and its elemental
>might a "queer" melodrama explicitly address issues of sexual desire.
>Ideally, this panel will come to terms with the shared territories
>of these two
>fields of interest, thus revealing the potentialities of melodrama
>Among the possible isssues that can be examined are:
>Queer readings of established melodrama auteurs within classical Hollywood
>(Griffith, Minnelli, Sirk), international art cinema movements (Truffaut,
>Fassbinder, Almodovar), and in recent independent circuits (Campion,
>The (in)stability of gender performativity in queer melodrama, particularly
>surrounding questions of violent femininity and normative (hetero)sexuality.
>Genre hybridity and queer melodrama (particularly the fundamental presence of
>monstrous horror, musicality, noir paranoia, and comedy) as cultural process.
>The use (and misuse) of the concept of "excess" as a critical register for
>emotional legibility in queer melodrama.
>Discourses of stardom and star bodies as sites of queer intelligibility and
>cultural negotiation in melodrama.
>Papers that examine these issues and others are welcome from all critical
>Send proposals as MS Word attachments with contact information to Mark C.
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>by 1 August 2006
>Please note: all individuals accepted to this panel MUST be registered
>online users of the (free and secure) SCMS website by August 15,
>2006. For more
>information, visit the web address:
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