Postmodern Melodrama and Its Discourses

Date: December 5, 2015
Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Location: FHI Garage - Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall (C105, Bay 4, Smith Warehouse)

Image: Lillian Gish in Broken Blossoms (dir. D. W. Griffiths, 1919) & Kirsten Dunst in Melancholia (dir. Lars Von Trier, 2011)

UPDATED 2/20/16: View symposium video: Part 1, Part 2


The Elephant of Melodrama
Linda Williams, University of California, Berkeley

Melodrama and the Politics of Freedom
Elisabeth Anker, George Washington University



Melodrama and Realism in the Urban Cinema of Ramin Bahrani
Amy Corbin, Muhlenberg College

Earth-Object: Melodrama, Plasticity and Lars von Trier’s Melancholia
Monique Rooney, Australian National University