Voice in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (SAMLA, November 2-4, 2018, Birmingham, AL)
The Palladino’s latest collaboration, the Amazon Prime series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, has enjoyed both popular success and critical acclaim for its first season. Set against the backdrop of the Upper West Side of New York City in the 1950s, the series centers on the newly single Midge Maisel’s struggle to identify herself apart from the structures of her marriage, her class, and her family, as she simultaneously discovers and defines her comedic voice. Yet Midge’s comedic voice is but one of many voices forming within the first season of the show. Many of the show’s major and minor characters struggle to find their voices within social and relational contexts that are rapidly changing. Though the nascent series has not yet been the focus of academic scholarship, its complex representations of voice present an opportunity for critical reading and discourse. This panel welcomes submissions on any aspect of voice or voicing in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Possibilities include, but are not limited to, feminist or activist voices, women’s comedic voice, subversive humor, obscenity, the expression of masculinity, the relationship between voice and physical or social space, voice and nostalgia, voice and ethnicity, Jewish humor, queer voice/voicing, or the relationship between voice and technology. Proposals addressing the conference theme are especially welcome. By May 31, please submit an abstract of not more than 300 words, a brief bio, and any A/V requests to Angela Ridinger-Dotterman, Queensborough Community College, CUNY, at email@example.com.