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

Film Studies II

Session Chair: 
Dawn Dietrich, Western Washington University
Session 6: Saturday 3:15 pm – 4:45 pm
Miller Hall 235
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  1. Nissele Contreras, Western Washington University
    This essay compares statements Anderson made during interviews where he tried to pare the story down to a father-son relationship to Daniel's "plainspeaking" method that involves centering a business around the family structure, which Daniel uses to advance his oil business in the town of Little Boston. 
  2. Kassia Waggoner, Friends University
    This paper utilizes Jay Timothy Dolmage’s disability tropes to explore John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place and argues that the film takes important steps toward normalizing disability while simultaneously depicting disability as not only limiting, but monstrous.
  3. David Rose, Humboldt University (Germany)
    Spike Jonze’s short film Scenes from the Suburbs (2011) presents a dystopian vision of the meaning of suburbia that encompasses several cinematic genres. In my paper, I will outline how the film’s obsession with gates and fences becomes a powerful statement about the meaning of borders in today’s society.
  4. Erin Gilbert, University of Washington
    This paper draws upon feminist, spatial, and temporal modes of analysis, in particular modes found in Elizabeth Grosz’s Time Travels: Feminism, Nature, Power and Gaston Bachelard’s The Poetics of Space, to investigate the function of pleasure in temporal and spatial transgressions in Jacques Rivette's 1974 film Celine and Julie Go Boating.
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