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(CFP) Representation of the US South in Post 1970 Cinema

This is a call for new essays for an edited collection on representations of the South and southerners in films produced since 1970. Topics might include (but are not limited to) southerners “abroad,” “foreigners” in the South, commercialization of southern culture, issues of authenticity and exploitation, environment and ecology, complications of traditional southern images, and developing trends in gender and/or racial representations. Submissions considering independent or popular films are welcome. By October 1, 2008, please send 300-500 word abstracts, a short CV, and contact information via email to Andrew Leiter, Lycoming College, at leiter_at_lycoming.edu.

McFarland Press, a prominent publisher of popular culture and film studies, has expressed interest in the collection. Pending their approval of the collection, I have set June 31, 2009, as an anticipated date for completed individual essays in the 6000-word range. Inquiries are welcome.

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