113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Film and Literature I

Session Chair: 
James R. Aubrey, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Session 1: Friday 8:50-10:20am
Columbia (PMCC)
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  1. Bonnie Opliger, San Diego State Univeristy
    Gothic tropes and psychoanalytic imagery offer a critical lens to approach a disconcerting and illusive postmodern reality. Billy Wilder mocks the superficial nature of Hollywood’s star system with Sunset Blvd., Ira Levin parodies the menacing male gaze in The Stepford Wives, and Chuck Palahnuik retaliates against the postmodern fragmented identity with disconcerting violence in Invisible Monsters.
  2. Kathleen Lundeen, Western Washington University
    In Spike Jonze’s Her, a man forms a relationship with a computer operating system, constructed to match his tastes and temperament. Jonze’s exploration of designer companionship has a precedent in Percy Shelley’s “Epipsychidion,” and in the film Shelley’s romantic ideal is given a test drive.
  3. Luis Rocha Antunes, University of Kent, UK
    This paper looks into Andrea Arnold's adaptation of Emily Brontë’s novel Wuthering Heights (1847) as a case of film adaptation paradigmatic of experiential aeshtetics where the engagement of spectators with the characters and themes of the film is made through the sense modalities of human perceptual experience.
  4. Teresa Rinaldi, National University
    From a humble household to President Perón’s side, as his wife, María Eva Duarte de Perón (1919-1952) was the center in a series of events that not only changed her destiny but also influenced Argentina’s history forever. Aiming to contribute to the vast amount of literary, film, and musical productions about the life of Eva, this analysis illuminates the life of Eva Perón as a platform for women’s relationship with power, the use of the female body (as political discourse), and the creation of the myth and the myth within a myth.
Session Cancelled: