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CFP: Trailer Park Boys (1/30/05; collection)
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"Between the Trailers: Critically Reading Trailer Park Boys"
This edited collection will offer interdisciplinary readings of the acclaimed Canadian series Trailer Park Boys. Long hailed as a Canadian cult classic, TPB never received ‘breakout’ American popularity—primarily due to its setting (within rural Nova Scotia) as well as its unique documentary style. Canadian networks like Showcase allowed TPB to air without censoring its frequent (and highly inventive) uses of profanity, as well as its reliance on narratives entangled with alcohol and drug use, extortion, and incarceration. The show’s focus on a rural, low-income community is not entirely new—other television offerings, such as Northern Exposure and North of 60 have portrayed similar communities, choosing to focus on a mixture of economic reality and quirky character drama—but TPB remains unique in that it simultaneously parodies and critiques the social underpinnings of its own community. Through the (frequently illegal) misadventures of its central protagonists, Ricky,!
Topics might include, but are not limited to:
- inventive language use (Ricky’s neologisms, Bubbles’ songs and
- drug and alcohol use
- firearms and gun-related violence
- healthcare, social programming, welfare
- representations of legal superstructures—the RCMP, the Crown Council
- historical and geographical aspects of the trailer-park and other
- filmic techniques, doxa and cinema vertite, the mockumentary
- the pejorative myths of ‘redneck’ and ‘trailer trash’ culture
- female sexuality, pregnancy, and the sex trade
- systems of housing and residency, power structures (Barbara as trailer
- queer theories, Randy and Jim Lahey, attitudes towards queerness and
- rap and hip-hop cultures, the figure of the white rapper, J-Roc
- critical race theories, racial dynamics within the trailer park
- family studies, motherhood, fatherhood, nontraditional families (Ricky
- friendship, male bonding, masculinity studies
Send abstracts (300-500 words) to jbattis_at_fastmail.fm In order to expedite the usually long process of developing a collection, I ask that you send your abstracts no later than FEB 1/05. If there is a large volume of submissions, I will extend the deadline. I have preliminary interest from an academic publisher, but keep in mind that edited collections such as these are always notoriously difficult to place with a press. Waiting time can be long, and, once contracted, the book will likely not be released until early 2006 (possibly even 2007). Still, if you can be patient, I promise it will be a fantastic book, devoted to a show that desperately needs more attention.
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