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 Literature/Film Association Annual Conference




October 2 – 4, 2014


University of Montana: Missoula, Montana USA  


Come join us at the 2014 LFA Annual Conference on the beautiful campus of the University of Montana in the dynamic frontier river city of Missoula. This year’s conference focuses on dimensions of fluidity found at margins and meeting points of literature, film, media, genre, and culture. While proposals addressing these topics in the context of the American West are especially encouraged, presentations touching on any aspect of fluidity, frontier, and/or other physical and conceptual spaces that represent intersections of literature, film, media, genre and/or culture are welcome. Our conference keynote speakers are Montana film-maker Andrew Smith (Winter in the Blood, 2013; The Slaughter Rule, 2002) and Montana film scholar and film-maker Dr. Paul Monaco (John Dahl and Neo-Noir: Examining Auteurism and Genre, 2010; A History of American Movies: A Film-By-Film Look at the Art, Craft, and Business of Cinema, 2010; The Sixties: 1960 – 1969 from The History of American Cinema Series, 2000).


Thematic suggestions for presentation proposals include (but are not limited to):

  • Re-visiting concepts of the American frontier or frontiers as a whole

  • Articulations of cultural resistance or cultural adaptation (including indigenous, Native, and colonial)

  • Notions of nature, wilderness, and origin in literature, film, media, and culture

  • Stories from rural margins and cultural edges

  • Urban cultural confluences

  • Intersections of cultural and national identity

  • Narrative flow and continuum in differing media and genre

  • Adaptation in emerging media

  • New technological frontiers in film and media

  • Explorative views on gender and sexuality

  • Negotiating ideas of source

  • Genres in flux

Please send inquiries or presentation proposals (200-300 words) by July 31, 2014 to: Marton Marko:  marton [dot] marko [at] mso [dot] umt [dot] edu


The 2014 LFA Annual Conference will take place at the University of Montana, rated America’s most scenic campus by Rolling Stone magazine, in Missoula, ranked as a top American “river city” and campus town by such magazines as Outdoor and Livability. Missoula is in far western Montana in the northern Rocky Mountains and is served by Missoula International Airport (MSO) with non-stop flights to and from major hubs in Minneapolis, Denver, Salt Lake City, and Seattle, providing one-stop transfer service to many major and mid-sized cities across the US as well as a number of international locations. A block of rooms will be reserved at the Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown along the Clark Fork River in the vibrant heart of the city near cinemas, concert venues, and a plethora of cafes, restaurants, boutiques, and galleries. The hotel is a pleasant 20-minute river walk or convenient 5-minute $1 bus ride from the University of Montana campus. (Free in the evenings.) There is a complimentary airport shuttle for Holiday Inn guests. Accommodations can be provided for attendees with special mobility needs. Additional lodging information can be obtained at the Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown website:



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Book Collection: The Films of Jess Franco

Abstract Deadline:  July 30, 2014

Jesús “Jess” Franco (1930-2013) is one of the most prolific and madly inventive filmmakers in the history of cinema. His remarkable career spanned more than half a century and produced almost two hundred films shot in Spain and across Europe. He is best known as the director of jazzy, erotically-charged horror movies featuring mad scientists, lesbian vampires, and women in prison, but dabbled in a multitude of genres from comedy to science-fiction to pornography. Although he made his career in the ghetto of low-budget exploitation cinema, he managed to create a body of work that is deeply personal, frequently political, and surprisingly poetic. Franco’s offbeat films command a devoted cult following; they have even developed a mainstream audience in recent years, thanks to their release on DVD and Blu-Ray. To date, however, they have received relatively little scholarly attention. The Films of Jess Franco seeks to address this neglect by bringing together original essays on Franco and his movies written from a variety of different theoretical perspectives by noted scholars around the world. Ultimately, its aim is to encourage a reassessment of this critically undervalued director and his significant contributions to popular European cinema.

The editors of this proposed volume invite original essays on any aspect of Jess Franco’s work; all theoretical approaches are welcome. Possible topics might include:

Franco as Horror Auteur
Gender and/or Race in Franco’s Films
Queer Franco
The Franco Soundtrack
Franco’s Non-Horror Films
Late Franco (Films of the 1990s and 2000s)
Franco as Spanish Filmmaker
Franco as Transnational Filmmaker
Franco and the Art Film
Franco’s Influences
Sex and Eroticism in Franco’s Films
Franco and Film Adaptation
Performance and Stardom in Franco’s Films
The Politics of Franco’s Films
The Cult of Franco
Franco’s Legacy

Please send abstracts of 500 words to Antonio Lázaro-Reboll (a.lazaro-reboll [at] kent [dot] ac [dot] uk) and Ian Olney (iolney [at] ycp [dot] edu) by July 30, 2014. Final essays will be due January 30, 2015. Essays should be 6,000-8,000 words in length and should follow MLA guidelines for citation and documentation.