CFP: The Shield (10/30/06; collection)
Papers are invited for a collection of essays on Shawn Ryan's award-winning and controversial TV series The Shield. We are seeking critically sophisticated but accessible essays, written from a variety of perspectives, which will stimulate serious debate around this remarkable show.
Contributions may seek to address (but are certainly not limited to) the following topics:
--Racial identity and racial conflict
--Testimony and confession
--Homosociality and homosexuality
--Familial and symbolic paternities
--Collective identity (gangs, teams, mobs etc) and collective violence
--Bodily inscriptions of violence (wounds, brandings, tattoos etc)
--Prostitution and the female body
--Secrecy and surveillance
--Politics, publicity and the public sphere
--Crime and/as spectacle
--Representations of class difference
--Topologies of L.A.
--The Rodney King case and the L.A. riots
--Religion and religiosity
--Ethics and the law
--The figure of the serial killer
--Critical interpretations of the series and/or individual episodes, storylines, characters etc
--Intertextual analyses of The Shield in relation to other TV cop/crime dramas
--Spectatorship and audience analysis
Essays should be rigorous and scholarly, but not abstruse.
Final essays will be approximately 5000 words. Send abstracts of 500-700 words, or completed essays, to Nicholas Ray (n.j.ray_at_leeds.ac.uk <mailto:n.j.ray_at_leeds.ac.uk> ) and Lucy Frank (l.frank_at_btopenworld.com) by 31 October 2006. Please include a CV.
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Received on Wed Aug 16 2006 - 19:57:08 EDT