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

Film Studies I

Session Chair: 
Dawn Dietrich, Western Washington University
Session 10: Sunday 8:30-10:00am
Columbia (PMCC)
Topic Area: 


  1. Donald Anderson, SUNY Westchester Community College
    This paper examines how the racial ambiguity of the character Emanuelle in the Black Emanuelle films allows her to critique what I call the “white colonizing gaze.”  This gaze participates in the eroticized and exoticized othering of people of color in developing nations in order to secure the West’s sexuality as “civilized.”
  2. Sam Johnson, Wenatchee Valley College
    Focusing on Abbas Kiarostami’s film Taste of Cherry, I will demonstrate the application of haptic theory to narrative cinema and the role haptics have in creating affect in the film viewing experience.
  3. Sharon Kirsch, Arizona State University
    The film, Pontypool, challenges audiences to rethink the everyday by setting the “outbreak narrative” in the less-commonly explored discursive and affective realm of language. Those meanings that come to us most readily like terms of endearment, hold the greatest potential for violence. However, in Pontypool, infected language contains its own antidote.
  4. Eunha Choi, California State University, Long Beach
    In von Trotta's Hannah Arendt, thought is not merely narrated or shown. Yet, thinking happens repeatedly in the film. Not only does the film thematize the thoughts of HA, but it also grapples with how cinema represents thought. I show how thinking is presented as engrossing, isolating and solitary, even in a medium like cinema, an art deeply collaborative and plural.  
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