And Now for Something Completely Different: Critical Approaches to Monty Python

deadline for submissions: 
October 20, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock and Kate Egan

Call for Proposals:

And Now for Something Completely Different: Critical Approaches to Monty Python

Editors: Kate Egan, Aberystwyth University, Wales

Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock, Central Michigan University USA


***Deadline for 250-word proposals and CVs: Oct. 20th, 2016

Submissions to: and


Considering Monty Python's pioneering contributions to film and television comedy and to traditions of satire and subversion, Python scholarship in film and media studies to date is surprisingly scarce, despite some valuable and thought-provoking work on the television series (Landy 2005) and the Python films (Smith 2012) and mentions in works on cult media and British comedy. This collection aims to take a wider and more eclectic view, considering the whole Python phenomenon (television series, films, live shows, comedy albums and fan engagements with all of these) from a range of interdisciplinary, critical perspectives.

Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Python and Politics
  • Python and the British Satirical Tradition
  • Python on Stage (including early Python appearances at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival, Live at the Hollywood Bowl, Spamalot, and the recent Monty Python live events in London)
  • The Sketch Show tradition and Python
  • Python and the BBC
  • Python and Surrealism/The Absurd
  • Python and Horror/Violence
  • Python and the Gothic
  • Python and Race
  • Python and Class
  • Python and Intertextuality
  • Python and fandom
  • Python and paratexts
  • Python and Gender
  • Python and The Historical Film/Conceptions of History
  • Python and Sex/Nudity
  • Python and Reflexivity
  • Python as Cult (Television and/or Film)
  • Python and Music (particularly the songs)
  • Python and Language
  • Python in the US
  • The Films (And Now for Something Completely Different, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python's The Life of Brian, Monty Python's The Meaning of Life)
  • Python and Religion/The Church
  • Python and the British Film Industry
  • Gilliam and Jones as Directors
  • Art Cinema and Python (e.g. the influence of Pasolini on The Holy Grail)
  • Python and Medieval Legends and Biblical Epics

6000-word essays due August 15th, 2017

Proposals and inquiries to Kate Egan at and Jeffrey Weinstock at