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Sep 1, 2017

Call for Papers: Women and New Hollywood

by Patrick Hazard

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Call for Papers: Women and New Hollywood

Maynooth University, Ireland, 29-30 May 2018

Recent decades have witnessed no shortage of critical or academic writing on the industrial upheaval and creative innovations of New Hollywood (1967-80). But as scholarship has shaped the era, it has done so around a very narrow set of concerns, the overriding one casting New Hollywood as an era of great directors, which, by default, has meant an era of “great men.”

Such a vision relies on the kind of identification of creativity with masculinity that Geneviève Sellier has discussed in relation to the French New Wave, and its construction has required a marginalisation, erasure even, of the creative labour of countless women practitioners.

In reality, the late ‘60s and ‘70s saw women begin to re-enter Hollywood production in numbers never before seen. While achieving nothing close to real parity, women nevertheless wrote, edited, designed, and produced many of the era’s most influential films. Most of these contributions have been, at best, paid lip service, but more often overlooked almost completely.

To submit individual papers or pre-constituted panels of three papers each. Send abstracts of no more than 300 words and brief biographies for each presenter (100 words). Pre-constituted panels should also include a brief rationale statement (250 words). In keeping with the spirit of the conference, it is requested that all-male panels are discouraged. Proposals should be submitted in one email to: WomenNewHollywood@gmail.com by 20 December 2017.

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