CFP: Horror Ad Nauseum: The Changing Face of Horror (deadline: 6/30/10)

16 06 2010

*Call for Papers: Horror Ad Nauseum *

Volume 6.2 of Cinephile, the Film Journal of the University of British Columbia

Deadline for Abstracts: 30 June 2010

Deadline for draft submissions 30 July 2010.

The horror genre continues to regenerate itself ad nauseum. On one hand, the genre may be liberating itself from the weight of many formulaic straight-to-video films that have tainted its image over the past two decades, re-imagining itself through the quintessential films that defined horror cinema in the 1970s and 80s. On the other hand, the genre has perhaps reached a moment of hyper-intertextualization to the point where it has literally mined itself dry of new ideas.

The fall issue of Cinephile looks to examine these issues and beyond, with an eye towards the past in order to understand where the horror genre may be headed in the near future. The issue aims to focus on two key aspects of contemporary horror’s relation to its immediate past. First, does the appropriation of international horror cinema by Hollywood and its many remakes suggest a perverse turn in the globalization of the genre? How do remakes embrace, reject or negotiate the cultural elements of the original for Western and global audiences? Secondly, what is the state of horror’s power to shock? How has the virtual domination of computer-generated effects affected the horror industry, on both aesthetic and technical perspectives? Do digital effects add to the genre’s visceral impact, or instead detract from the sense of plasticity that made the genre infamous in the 1970s and 80s?

Submissions should have a focus beyond a mere genre study, with focus on either horror’s special effects (and their fan cultures, technical aesthetics, and controversial aspects), the (un)changing representation of gender and character archetypes, or cultural influences and appropriations of modern day horror (or even historical aspects such as the Westernization of international horror cinema on VHS, where great effort was taken to conceal all foreign aspects, compared to modern day practices).

We accept submissions from both faculty and graduate students.

Abstracts should be 300 words and include a short bibliography and biographical note. Papers should be approximately 1500-3000 words, formatted in MLA, and submitted with a works cited and brief biography. Submissions and inquiries should be directed to:

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