Post-Romance CFP

Someone just sent me this. It is utterly remarkable. It ties in with some backburner ideas I have had for a while and have written about on my blog last year! We are going to submit a proposal which we hopefully won’t need to have a paper for until we have both finished PhD-ing. I know I won’t be able to do any work on it before I finish my dissertation.

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

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

This anthology seeks to explore the recent emergence of the”post-romance” in international art cinema, which represents issues ofdating, love, sex and romance, along with modern urbanity,”singularization” and isolation in a fundamentally pessimistic or atleast 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 theemergence of a “new cinema of hate.” Since then, there has been amarked increase in this generic development identifiable in art filmsacross an international spectrum. This volume proposes to investigatethe 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, recentfilms 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, WongKar-Wei, Coline Serreau and many others.

Proposals of 300-500 words should be submitted by May 15, 2006.

Electronic submission should go to:
Antje Ascheid
Assistant Professor of Film Studies
Fine Arts Building
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602