CFP: Edited volume on Nazisploitation

This volume will examine past intersections of National Socialism and popular
cinema in the Nazisploitation genre, as well as the recent reemergence of this
imagery in contemporary visual culture.  In the late 1960s and early 1970s,
films such as Love Camp 7 and Ilsa, She-Wolf of the SS both introduced and
reinforced the image of Nazis as master paradigms of evil in what current film
theorists deem the "sleaze" film. More recently, Rob Zombie’s mock
Nazisploitation trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse (2007) and
Tarantino’s own Inglourious Basterds (2009), as well as video games such as
Call of Duty: World at War (2008), have reinvented this iconography for new
audiences. Both in past filmic representations of Nazism and in these newer
instances, this reimagining of the Nazi crosses the line from the historical to
the fantastic, as when the trope of the violent Nazi becomes the hyperbolic
caricature of the “monstrous feminine” or the masculine sadist, while power-
hungry mad scientists seek to clone the Führer, and Nazi zombies rise from the
grave. This volume will examine the history, aesthetic strategies, and political
implications of such translations of National Socialism into the realm of
commercial, low brow, and “sleaze” visual culture.

We especially seek contributions that examine how the Nazisploitation genre
arose when it did, how it articulates and violates taboos differently
than “mainstream” representations, including the discomfiting intersection of
this imagery with Holocaust representation. Through analyses of more recent
examples from other media, this volume will also seek to explain and
investigate how this kind of imagery reaches new audiences in the digital age,
and why this reinvented iconography resonates with contemporary audiences.
We welcome analyses that go beyond discussion of specific texts to address
questions of audience, the role of new media in making Nazisploitation films
more accessible through specialty markets, and the relationship between
Nazisploitation and other related genres. Finally, we welcome self-reflective
contributions that critique the very notion of Nazisploitation as a subject of
scholarly inquiry.. We welcome submissions from scholars in Film and Media,
German Studies, Cultural Studies, and beyond.

Please submit your 200-300 word proposal by January 15 as email attachment
to all three editors:

Elizabeth  Bridges, Rhodes College [log in to unmask],
Kris Vander Lugt, Iowa State University [log in to unmask], AND
Daniel Magilow, University of Tennessee - Knoxville [log in to unmask]

We will respond promptly following the submission deadline, and for those
selected to be included in the volume, the manuscript deadline will be May 15,

The German Studies Call for Papers List
Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Acting Assistant Editor:  Olaf Schmidt
Sponsored by the University of Missouri
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