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Wasted Time: Revisiting the Cutting Room Floor (NeMLA)

Organization: NeMLA
Event: NeMLA
Categories: Postcolonial, Digital Humanities, Graduate Conference, American, Hispanic & Latino, Comparative, Interdisciplinary, French, British, Lingustics, German, Genre & Form, Popular Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Literary Theory, Women's Studies, World Literatures, African-American, Colonial, Revolution & Early National, Transcendentalists, 1865-1914, 20th & 21st Century, Medieval, Early Modern & Renaissance, Long 18th Century, Romantics, Victorian, 20th & 21st Century, Adventure & Travel Writing, Children's Literature, Comics & Graphic Novels, Drama, Narratology, Poetry, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Australian Literature, Canadian Literature, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Indian Subcontinent, Eastern European, Mediterranean, Middle East, Native American, Scandinavian, Pacific Literature
Event Date: 2021-03-11 to 2021-03-14 Abstract Due: 2020-09-30

Wasted Time: Revisiting the Cutting Room Floor

“Do not waste your time upon this; it is sad trash.” (Frankenstein, Ch. 2)

Through the solitary windows of our homes, we watch as the edifices of art and humanities are shaken to the core. These trying circumstances have brought their apparently solid foundations into question, exposing their faults to the disbelieving eye of the world. Seeping through the cracks of the imminent collapse, the Texts left on the cutting room floor—the censored, the grotesque, the deemed “too popular” or “too obscure,” the excessive, the useless, the wastes of time—have come back to haunt the current landscape, and question the limits of our notions of art, literature and film. The use of archival footage and the turn to poetics and methods of artistic appropriation, reutilization or collage, and hybrid genres of steampunk and weird fiction are only a number of ways in which what was considered useless has been resurrected and revitalized. What are we doing, rummaging through what was before labeled by someone else as sad trash?


This panel invites exploration of the topic of marginalized or marginal film and literature within the current crisis of the humanities. This may include, but is not limited to:

  • Rejection of the established canon
  • Experimental literature, anti-literature, counter culture literature
  • Disaster literature, anthropocene literature, apocalyptic literature, genre literature
  • Zine and steampunk culture
  • Censored texts, toxic texts
  • Excess and specular texts
  • Remediation and manipulation of existing film
  • Film appropriation and collage
  • Politically or socially marginalized literatures
  • Rediscovery of invisibilized texts

Please submit proposals through NeMLA by September 30th. With any questions please contact Lauren Benjamin Mushro at lmushro1@jhu.edu or Mariangela Ugarelli Risi at mugarel1@jhu.edu.


Lauren Benjamin Mushro