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

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Women and Film II

Session Chair: 
Andrew Harrington, Pepperdine University
Session 6: Saturday 10:30am-12:00pm
RCC Raincross D
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  1. Leslie Kreiner, Pepperdine University
    In this presentation, I will argue that instructors must focus on the female auteur on syllabi, in course topics, and in class discussion in order to provide role models and thus bolster the confidence of female students. 
  2. Lorna Hutchison, Metropolitan State University of Denver, First Year Success
    Blue is the Warmest Color (France 2013) and Fire (India and Canada) 1996 are what I call implied narratives about motherhood. This paper explores how, in the scenes of lovemaking and relationships the women in both films forge, the filmmakers expose the very constraints that will potentially limit and haunt women as mothers as well as the “something new, something powerful” that the groundbreaking sexual scenes enact.
  3. Stephen Parmelee, Pepperdine University
    This paper examines the comedic nature of the three films that Elaine May, one of the few women to write and direct a film for a major Hollywood studio in the first seven decades of American film, both wrote and directed. Her films problematize the notion of what comprises comedy, especially in depicting relationships among men and women.
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