116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Film and Literature I

Session Chair: 
Joi Carr, Pepperdine University
Session 7: Sunday 8:15 am – 9:45 am
Miller Hall 138
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  1. Lisa B. Hughes, Colorado College
    The story of Clytemnestra’s murder of Agamemnon haunts the Odyssey in the same way that the idea of the femme fatale haunts film noir.  In Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity (1944) Phyllis Dietrichson exploits the duality of female archetypes, Clytemnestra and Penelope.  Reading the two texts together leads to a fuller understanding of film noir, and sheds light on the myth, especially complicating Penelope’s presumed status.
  2. Andrew Howe, La Sierra University
    Perilous journeys constitute a familiar trope in the western, with cattle drives providing a common narrative device for such drama.  The distant origins of such tales, however, extend back to Greek mythology.  In their concern over what constitutes “home” and their anxiety regarding change, such films are resonant with the Odyssey.  This paper will examine the cattle drives in Red River (1948) and Lonesome Dove (1989) seeking to explore specific areas of resonance with Homer’s iconic Greek tale.
  3. Zina Giannopoulou, University of California, Irvine
    I argue that in Medea (1988) Lars von Trier uses cinematic techniques to render the eponymous character’s speech in Euripides’ play and Dreyer’s script. With minimal dialogue and mostly visuals his film shows the psychological and ethical complexities of a mother riven between killing and sparing her children.
  4. Christine Danelski, University of California - Los Angeles
    Coppola’s Apocalypse Now is central in and to Nguyen’s The Sympathizer. Nguyen’s metafiction parodies Coppola’s film and its making through the novel’s The Hamlet, by a director known only as the Auteur. The impact of Hollywood film and the myopic examination of solely the American experience in Vietnam are satirically anatomized.
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