Noir and information dissemination/disorientation

April 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

Wish could be there:

From: “Santos, Marlisa”

Seeking paper proposals for the following special session at this year’s
South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference in Atlanta, GA,

Film noir is marked by complex narrative patterns-patterns that range from
mild convolution to dizzying disorientation. Interestingly, these twisted
narratives also coincide in noir with an age of communication
discovery-emerging technologies in radio, television, and print dissemination
of information abound in noir, often adding to the confusion of such
narratives rather than illuminating them. This session will explore the way
that various means for enhancing communication function in a cycle of films
that often display the worst consequences of mis- or non-communication, both
intentional or accidental. Analysis of any aspect of communication in noir
is welcomed: newspapers, radio, television, telegraph, telephone, letters,
messages on scraps of paper, codes, etc. By June 15, 2010 please send a
250-word abstract and short bio to

Marlisa Santos, Ph.D.

Director, Division of Humanities/Associate Professor

Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences

Nova Southeastern University

3301 College Ave./Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314

(954) 262-8213 / 1-800-757-7257, ext. 28213

Fax: (954) 262-3881


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