deadline for submissions: 
October 15, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Antonio Sanna
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Critical Approaches to Twin Peaks: The Return

Edited by Antonio Sanna


Twin Peaks, the TV series that changed television has returned after more than 25 years. After many rumours, the much-acclaimed program created by Mark Frost and David Lynch that had created a cult following leading to hundreds of conferences, publications and fan events has now been resurrected for a third (and final) season. Reactions have been immediate and very loud throughout the globe since its first episode, from the scandal felt by those who believe that the original idea of the series has now been severely altered to those who praise Lynch's visionary and psychedelic direction of all the episodes and their incomprehensible contents. Indubitably, Season 3 of Twin Peaks still offers an incredibly fertile ground for critical examination, analysis and discussion. I am particularly interested in interdisciplinary approaches to the subject that can illuminate the diverse facets of the TV series and its visual style. A full proposal will be submitted to a publisher as soon as the selective list of chapters has been completed.

There are several themes worth exploring when analyzing Twin Peaks, utilizing any number of theoretical frameworks of your choosing. The chapters are required 1) to be based on formal, academic analysis; 2) to engage with the critical debate on the subject; and 3) to be focused mainly on Season 3 of the program. Contributions may include (but are not limited to) the following topics:

  • Twin Peaks and its relationship with Lynch's oeuvre at large

  • Twin Peaks and fairy tales

  • Gender and queer readings

  • Twin Peaks and philosophy

  • Twin Peaks and postmodern theory and practice

  • Exploration of dreams and the subconscious

  • Fascination with machines and electricity

  • Technology and the environment

  • Science and mystery

  • Representations of the afterlife in the TV series

  • Representations of the United States in the TV series

  • Alienation and misperception, conformity/nonconformity

  • Fear of the Other

  • The problem of evil

  • Biblical interpretations

  • Cultural studies and popular culture

  • Class consciousness

  • Special effects and their evolution

  • Music in the TV series (comparisons with Badalamenti's oeuvre too)

  • The meaning and significance of colors

  • The influence of other TV series on Season 3 of Twin Peaks

  • Twin Peak's legacy (especially, horror TV series)

  • Fan practice and fan communities



The anthology will be organized into thematic sections around these topics and others that emerge from submissions. We are open to works that focus on other topics as well and authors interested in pursuing other related lines of inquiry. Feel free to contact the editor with any questions you may have about the project and please share this announcement with colleagues whose work aligns with the focus of this volume.

Submit a 300-500 word abstract of your proposed chapter contribution, a brief CV and complete contact information (possibly, in a single Word file) to Dr. Antonio Sanna ( by 15 October 2017. Full chapters of 5000-6000 words maximum would be due tentatively by 15 March 2018. Note: all full chapters submitted will be included subject to review.