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Absurdism 2021 : CFP: Anthology on Absurdism in Contemporary Film

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When Oct 1, 2020 - Oct 1, 2020
Where NA
Submission Deadline Oct 1, 2020
Notification Due Oct 10, 2020
Final Version Due Jan 18, 2021
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Call For Papers

CFP: Anthology on Absurdism in Contemporary Film

The realization that life is absurd cannot be an end, but only a beginning. This is a truth nearly all great minds have taken as their starting point. It is not this discovery that is interesting, but the consequences and rules of action drawn from it.
-- Albert Camus

Announcing a call for papers for an anthology on Absurdism. This collection of critical essays will examine landmark films that display absurdism as a central concept. Focus will be placed on more current examples since the turn of the 20th century. An introduction will contextualize Absurdist films in the history of the theater of the absurd and absurdist literature (i.e. Camus, Albee, Beckett, Stoppard). Chapters will delve deep into aspects of absurdism, with dark humor, surrealism, and the weird as sub-themes, in contemporary cinema. Interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged (political, economic, literature, etc).

The anthology is under consideration as a book project with McFarland Press, depending on outcomes of this CFP.

Topics could include not are not limited to:

Classic absurdism recast in contemporary contexts (i.e. Catch-22, The Double)
Surrealism and the weird in contemporary humor
New forms and transformations of absurdism on film
Absurdism and existentialism in contemporary cinema
Absurdism in Asian cinema
Rick and Morty
Schizopolis (Soderbergh)
Remakes and reimaginings of Alice in Wonderland
Wet Hot American Summer (series)
Nonsense and dark humor in the films of Terry Gilliam
The films of Charlie Kaufman
The films of the Coen Brothers
The films of David Lynch
The films of Yorgos Lanthimos
The Absurdism of parody: afterlives of Airplane, Scary Movie, etc.

For consideration, submit a 250-300 word abstract and bio to robertsi@vcu.edu. Materials due by October 1, 2020.

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