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CFP:
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, 2005.

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