112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Film and Literature I

Session Chair: 
James R. Aubrey, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Session 6: Saturday 10:30am-12:00pm
RCC Meeting Room 6
Topic Area: 


  1. Christine Danelski, California State University, Los Angeles
    Baz Luhrman’s version of Fitzgerald’s text, The Great Gatsby, offers a 21st century version which exuberantly glorfies this excess even while decries it.  The specters of class and privilege extant in Fitzgerald’s 1925 text are reinscribed in Luhrman’s film both within the narrative and in its means of production.
  2. Joi Carr, Pepperdine University
    Clifton employs a symbol of Jim Crowism to deconstruct the way dehumanization often takes form through seemingly mundane objects in our lives. Ironically, The Help neglects such poignancy with its narrative use of the same symbol in its fictive portrayal of the Jim Crow south.
  3. Yolanda Doub, California State University, Fresno
    This paper explores the depth and breadth of the influence of Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges’ oeuvre on Christopher Nolan’s 2010 science fiction film Inception. I argue that the film is more than an homage to a story or two, but rather a profound reading of Borges fiction and nonfiction, interpreted for film.
  4. Mari-Eve Monette, McGill University
    This paper aims to demonstrate that the film Altiplano (2009) both maintains the Peruvian indigenist tradition of employing Andean animism to denounce extractive activities as well as empowers Andean culture in a way that is representative of the organized ethnic politics that have risen in South America since the 2000s.
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