Title

The Metaphor of Death in Film: Graphic Images, Surreal Transgressions. Panel 2: Filmic Representations of the Art of War and Survival

Titles of the Individual Presentations in a Panel

Lisa Dueñas: The Aura by Fabián Bielinsky (2005): Perceptions of Death in an Elusive Reality. Meg O’Sell: Confronting Death, Duty, and Love in Felicitas by Maria Teresa Costantini (2009). Graciela Tissera: Filmic portrayals of the Subconscious mind and the Game of Death.

Subject Area

Film and Literary Studies

Abstract

Panel 1: The Metaphor of Death in Film: Graphic Images, Surreal Transgressions.

Chair: Graciela Tissera.

Lisa Dueñas: The Aura by Fabián Bielinsky (2005): Perceptions of Death in an Elusive Reality.

Abstract: This presentation will explore the perceptions of reality and the confrontation between theory and practice in the movie The Aura by Fabián Bielinsky (2005). Photographic memory and strategic planning skills will initiate a journey plagued with obsessions, corruption, and betrayal. At the intersections of personal fantasies and violence the initial puzzle will become a deadly trap filled with confusion and enlightenment.

Meg O’Sell: Confronting Death, Duty, and Love in Felicitas by Maria Teresa Costantini (2009).

Abstract: This presentation will analyze the movie Felicitas by Maria Teresa Costantini (2009) to explore the unfortunately short life of Felicitas Guerrero. Unlike the pain she carried as a mother who lost her son, the suffering she experienced as a widow had the potential to be alleviated, but her chance was just out of reach due to her premature death. The cause of her death was fueled by love.

Graciela Tissera: Filmic portrayals of the Subconscious mind and the Game of Death.

Abstract: This presentation will explore the complexity of the mind through the analysis of Sublime by Tony Krantz (2007). The mind influences and plays a key role in how people handle adversities. In comatose states, individuals are submerged in an unknown world and must reconcile the subconscious symbols of life and death. In the struggle to find a resolution, fear and despair will become the main contenders.

Panel 2: Filmic Representations of the Art of War and Survival.

Chair: Dolores Martín-Armas.

Maggie Boyd: Times of War and Alternate Existences in Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro (2006).

Abstract: This presentation will analyze the movie in Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro (2006) to explore how war and violence affect the minds, psyche, attitudes, and character of adults and children alike. Themes, symbols, and messages carried common aspects of hope, justice, good vs. evil, defense mechanisms, selflessness and courage, and the power of the imagination to reconstruct the lost innocence.

Rebecca McConnell: Europe under Fire: The Intricate Worlds of Survival.

Abstract: This presentation will explore the impact of repression and survival in the movie The Girl of your Dreams by Fernando Trueba (1998). In Civil War torn Spain, Germany invites a group of filmmakers to shoot two versions of the Andalusian musical drama "The girl of your dreams" in Berlin. Soon they discover that they cannot leave the war and related conflicts behind them. The collaboration to produce a work of art will turn into a desperate plan to survive.

Dolores Martín-Armas: Women in the Franco Regime: Prisoners, Guerrilleras and Tailors.

Abstract: This presentation will analyze the role of the women who kept the republican cause and the fight for freedom alive. The film La voz dormida (The Sleeping Voice) 2011, based on the novel by Dulce Chacón, shows the life of a group of women who could not live their love relationship or experience their motherhood, but learned to trust and support each other against the repression and the violence inside and outside of jail.

Brief Bio Note

Graciela Tissera is an associate professor of Spanish in the Department of Languages at Clemson University. She completed her graduate studies at Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina, and received her Ph. D. in Romance Languages and Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Tissera's research and teaching interests include Hispanic and comparative literature and film, literary and critical theory, and Spanish for the professions.

Dolores Martín-Armas is a lecturer of Spanish in the Department of Languages at Clemson University and was an assistant professor at State University of New York at Potsdam. She has a degree in Hispanic Philology from the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. She got her Master’s degree in Spanish at Michigan State University and her Ph.D. in Spanish Literature at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Martin’s field of interest is gender studies in the Spanish novel.

Lisa Dueñas is studying Spanish and International Health at Clemson University. She has recently returned from an internship abroad in Bolivia, South America, where she volunteered at local hospitals to help children and the community. She is conducting research on nutrition and health in developing countries and planning lectures and events as Vice President of the L&IH Society.

Meg O'Sell is studying Spanish and International Health in the Calhoun Honors College at Clemson University. She spent a semester studying abroad and interning at a medical clinic in Costa Rica. She was President of Clemson’s Engineers Without Borders (EWB) and participated in various trips to Nicaragua to implement projects. She is President of the L&IH Society and plans to attend medical school.

Maggie Boyd is studying Spanish & International Health at Clemson University. She has served as an officer for Clemson University’s International Student Association and partakes in other cultural clubs as well. She has volunteered in after-school tutoring programs such as Café Cultura and Neighborhood Focus. She studied abroad in Costa Rica and interned at the national children’s hospital.

Rebecca McConnell is studying Spanish & International Health at Clemson University. She is planning cultural events with the members of the L&IH Society to serve multicultural communities. She is completing research projects in the fields of health and social work and volunteering at local clinics.

Keywords

Film, Death, Transgression, Art, War, Survival

Location

Room 218

Presentation Year

2015

Start Date

3-27-2015 3:00 PM

End Date

3-27-2015 4:15 PM

Embargo

5-23-2017

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The Metaphor of Death in Film: Graphic Images, Surreal Transgressions. Panel 2: Filmic Representations of the Art of War and Survival

Room 218

Panel 1: The Metaphor of Death in Film: Graphic Images, Surreal Transgressions.

Chair: Graciela Tissera.

Lisa Dueñas: The Aura by Fabián Bielinsky (2005): Perceptions of Death in an Elusive Reality.

Abstract: This presentation will explore the perceptions of reality and the confrontation between theory and practice in the movie The Aura by Fabián Bielinsky (2005). Photographic memory and strategic planning skills will initiate a journey plagued with obsessions, corruption, and betrayal. At the intersections of personal fantasies and violence the initial puzzle will become a deadly trap filled with confusion and enlightenment.

Meg O’Sell: Confronting Death, Duty, and Love in Felicitas by Maria Teresa Costantini (2009).

Abstract: This presentation will analyze the movie Felicitas by Maria Teresa Costantini (2009) to explore the unfortunately short life of Felicitas Guerrero. Unlike the pain she carried as a mother who lost her son, the suffering she experienced as a widow had the potential to be alleviated, but her chance was just out of reach due to her premature death. The cause of her death was fueled by love.

Graciela Tissera: Filmic portrayals of the Subconscious mind and the Game of Death.

Abstract: This presentation will explore the complexity of the mind through the analysis of Sublime by Tony Krantz (2007). The mind influences and plays a key role in how people handle adversities. In comatose states, individuals are submerged in an unknown world and must reconcile the subconscious symbols of life and death. In the struggle to find a resolution, fear and despair will become the main contenders.

Panel 2: Filmic Representations of the Art of War and Survival.

Chair: Dolores Martín-Armas.

Maggie Boyd: Times of War and Alternate Existences in Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro (2006).

Abstract: This presentation will analyze the movie in Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro (2006) to explore how war and violence affect the minds, psyche, attitudes, and character of adults and children alike. Themes, symbols, and messages carried common aspects of hope, justice, good vs. evil, defense mechanisms, selflessness and courage, and the power of the imagination to reconstruct the lost innocence.

Rebecca McConnell: Europe under Fire: The Intricate Worlds of Survival.

Abstract: This presentation will explore the impact of repression and survival in the movie The Girl of your Dreams by Fernando Trueba (1998). In Civil War torn Spain, Germany invites a group of filmmakers to shoot two versions of the Andalusian musical drama "The girl of your dreams" in Berlin. Soon they discover that they cannot leave the war and related conflicts behind them. The collaboration to produce a work of art will turn into a desperate plan to survive.

Dolores Martín-Armas: Women in the Franco Regime: Prisoners, Guerrilleras and Tailors.

Abstract: This presentation will analyze the role of the women who kept the republican cause and the fight for freedom alive. The film La voz dormida (The Sleeping Voice) 2011, based on the novel by Dulce Chacón, shows the life of a group of women who could not live their love relationship or experience their motherhood, but learned to trust and support each other against the repression and the violence inside and outside of jail.