Theatre-Making in Non-Musical Films
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7/18/2018 at 3:37:36 AM GMT
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Theatre-Making in Non-Musical Films

With the abundance of scholarly writing on the Hollywood musical, relatively little attention has been given to depictions of theatre-making in non-musical films. These films often center on the more workmanlike, less glamorous aspects of theatre creation, navigating the same antitheatrical prejudices as the backstage musical but often settling on a more jaded view of theatricality and its relation to memory, nationhood, and the business of theatre.

This panel, which includes papers on filmic depictions of Buffalo Bill and the 1943 Barbara Stanwyck mystery Lady of Burlesque, seeks to better understand how these representations both challenge and draw inspiration from the can-do attitude of the Hollywood musical elucidated by Rick Altman, Jane Feuer, and others to create images of theatre-making at once more complex and, perhaps, more ideologically inflected.

Please send proposal and bio to Curtis Russell ( and Christine Snyder (, The Graduate Center, CUNY, by Sunday, August 5th. Applicants will be notified by Tuesday, August 7th.

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