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Films And Society Essays On Abortion

The submission period will begin June 30, 2017 and end August 1, 2017, 5:00PM CST.
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At the 2018 SCMS Annual Conference, two Katherine Singer Kovács awards for outstanding scholarship in cinema and media studies will be announced. One award of $1,500 will be given to the author of an outstanding book. Another award of $500 will be given for an outstanding essay (not exceeding 20,000 words). Certificates of citation will also be awarded to winners in both categories.

Books and articles must be published in English between August 1, 2016 and July 31, 2017. They should be original works that significantly advance scholarship and thinking in the field either by opening up new lines of inquiry or by consolidating existing ones at a high level of accomplishment.

Books previously submitted for consideration for the 2017 Kovács Book Award are not eligible.

Publishers and journal editors will be invited to nominate books and essays, but individual SCMS members should feel free either to submit copies of books or articles directly or urge their publisher or editor to do so.



  • To be eligible, essays must be written in or translated into English, and appear in a journal issue published between August 1, 2016 and July 31, 2017.

  • Authors may self-nominate; individuals may make only one nomination.

  • Book chapters from edited collections are not eligible.


  • To be eligible, books must be written in or translated into English and published between August 1, 2016 and July 31, 2017.

  • Republished volumes and edited collections are not eligible.


  • Entrants must complete the Kovács Book submission form or Kovács Essay submission form (ONE nomination per submission form) containing the author’s name, e-mail address, title of the book/essay, name of publisher, publication date, a contact name and e-mail address for someone within the publishing company must be submitted online by August 1, 2017 (5:00 PM CST).

  • The essay should be saved in PDF format (not exceeding 30MB) and uploaded on the submission form.  

  •  If submitting a book, THREE copies of the book(s) must be received in the SCMS office by August 3, 2017 (5:00 PM CST).  Books received after this date will be returned -- No exceptions!

  • Failure to follow procedures will result in disqualification.

  • A W-9 form is required for the Kovács Book Award winner before the check will be disbursed.  

Please mail book submissions to:

Society for Cinema and Media Studies
Kovács Book Award
640 Parrington Oval
Old Science Hall, Room 300
Norman, Oklahoma 73019

Essay The Abortion Arguments of Cider House Rules

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The Abortion Arguments of Cider House Rules

I am writing this essay on a Saturday evening, not with any real contemplation, or even planning. I am writing this because I was just minutes ago watching the movie Cider House Rules. I won't go into the plot of the movie, but, to explain my motivation for writing this, I will simply describe one portion of the movie.

The scene at issue in my mind right now is one where a fourteen-year-old girl comes to the orphanage which is the setting for part of the movie. This girl came to the orphanage because it was known in the region as a place that performed abortions. She had had a crude abortion performed in such a way that she had been severely injured (her uterus was punctured by a crochet…show more content…

In the movie, Homer is an orphan, and this may provide an interesting perspective in regards to the status of the fetus. As an unwanted child himself, he empathizes with the unborn children that he refuses to destroy.

So far, all we have talked about really is the emotion of the question of abortion. The purpose of this essay (which will not be very long), is to examine these lines of reasoning, and to come to some conclusion about the differing philosophies of these two characters.

The doctor's argument is, as I mentioned, very much a utilitarian one, and as you know, this sort of argument doesn't sit well with me (see my "Truth" essays). Regardless of my perspective, though, the doctor's first argument is one which many people (including some that I greatly respect) accept as a good reason for legalized abortion. The doctor is making the very simple assessment that one death is preferable to two. If the mother dies along with the baby, this is a waste and a shame, therefore he feels as though he is obligated to perform an abortion that will not likely harm the young woman at issue. Homer, on the other hand, takes a deontological stance - he believes that his performing an abortion is wrong, and that is as far as his reasoning has to go.

So far, the choice between philosophies is simple - deontology or utilitarianism. In order to make the choice a bit more relevant, allow me to

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