Edited Anthology on Narratives of Place in Literature and Film

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Тезисы до: 18.09.2016

Даты: 18.09.16 — 18.09.16

Е-мейл Оргкомитета: narrativesandplace@gmail.com

Организаторы: Kirsten Møllegaard and Steven Allen



Narratives of place link people and geographical location with a cultural imaginary through literature and visual narration. The social and cultural spatialities of place have ancient roots, yet continue to evolve. Contemporary literature and film often frame narratives with specific geographic locations, which saturate the narrative with cultural meanings in relation to natural and man-made landscapes. For example, fiction novels like Vikas Swarup's Slumdog Millionaire (2005) that takes place in Mumbai and Orhan Pamuk's many novels set in Istanbul immerse characters in the sentient cityscapes of modern metropolises. The Pacific Crest Trail in Cheryl Strayed's Wild (2013) and Cormac McCarthy's The Road (2006) and their film adaptations speak to, and beyond, American pastoralism and the metaphor of the road. Place, of course, refers not only to land; cinematically, Andrew Kötting’s round-Britain coastal excursion, Gallivant (1996), reveals people in relation to their locales, whilst Last Resort (Dir. Pawel Pawlikowski, 2000) examines entrapment and exclusion through an abandoned seaside town converted into an immigration center. From the labyrinthine streets of big cities to landmarks in open landscapes, place provides rich visual subtexts in films. Place may be manmade or natural, but is always-already imbued with meaning and cultural significance. In Landscape and Memory (1995), Simon Schama comments, "landscapes are culture before they are nature" (61). In cultural production, place is associated with human identity and ideologically with the formation of nations, borders, indigeneity, and perceptions of selfhood and otherness. This interdisciplinary collection seeks to interrogate such connections to probe how place is narrativized.


Drawing on, but not limited to, the fields of literature and film studies, this collection seeks a broad range of responses to questions regarding the narrativizing of place. Possible themes include

    movement through landscapes
    gendered spatialities
    narrativizing histories of place
    notions of belonging and displacement
    nation, borders, and identity
    boundaries, thresholds and liminal spaces
    place as a loci of contestation
    corruption and contamination of/by places

Anthology editors:

    Steven Allen, PhD, University of Winchester, UK
    Kirsten Møllegaard, PhD, University of Hawai'i at Hilo, USA

Веб-сайт конференции: https://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/cfp/2016/07/01/cfp-for-edited-anthology-on-narratives-of-place-in-literature-and-film