Special Issue of the European Journal of American Culture: American Horror Story
Call for Papers: Special Issue of the European Journal of American Culture: American Horror Story
Call for Papers: Special Issue of the European Journal of American Culture
American Horror Story
Harriet Earle, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Jessica Clark, University of Suffolk, UK
This call for papers seeks submissions that engage with the television series American Horror Story (produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk) as part of a Special Issue for the European Journal of American Culture. Over six seasons (so far), American Horror Story has received massive popular and academic interest for its bold and often apposite reworkings of a wide range of cultural tropes and folk stories, set against uniquely American backgrounds and played out through a distinct cast of characters.
Papers should be between 6000-8000 words and the deadline for submission of abstracts is 10th September 2017 and invited full papers are due by 31st January 2018.
Papers should be submitted to the Special Guest Editors Harriet Earle and Jessica Clark via AHSspecialissue@gmail.com.
Submissions to this journal could include, but are not limited to, critical interrogations of:
Horror, supernatural and the gothic
Fame and celebrity culture
The development of American popular culture (i.e. television)
Intersectionality, imagery and representation: femininity, masculinity, sexuality, disability, ethnicity, class, age, etc.
Colonisation and Colonialism
Immigration and the Melting Pot
Madness and mad politics
Emotion and affect
Violence and/or sexual violence
Queer bodies, identities and selves
American Institutions and Institutionalisation
Sex, sexual bodies and sexual pleasure/desire
The American family
Producing television: production, editing, soundtrack and aesthetics.
Audience reception, review and fan production
The list is by no means exhaustive and we are happy to consider any piece which works with some/all of the current six series of American Horror Story or those which cross series boundaries with a strong thematic focus at their centre.
Please consult the European Journal of American Culture website (HERE) for more information about the journal and its formatting guidelines. This special issue follows the ethos of the European Journal of American Culture as a whole: we aim to reflect the interdisciplinary and international nature of contemporary studies of American Culture.
All authors are welcome to submit abstracts: from PhD candidates and early career researchers, to established academics. We look forward to receiving abstracts for consideration.
The series is due to be published in June 2018.
Submission of abstracts: 10th September 2017
Notification of abstract acceptance: 24th September 2017
Submission of full posts: 31st January 2018
Publication date: June 2018