Bitten by Twilight: Youth culture, media, and the Twilight saga

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Melissa Click / University of Missouri, Columbia
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CFP: Bitten by Twilight: Youth culture, media, and the Twilight saga

Edited by Melissa Click, Jennifer Stevens Aubrey, and Lissa Behm-Morawitz

Proposal deadline: April 10, 2009

The editors seek essays that explore Stephenie Meyer¹s wildly popular
Twilight series. We are particularly interested in essays that explore the
cultural significance of the Twilight phenomenon and its impact on youth
culture. The collection will feature scholarly work from a diversity of
theoretical and methodological perspectives, including: analyses of the
series¹ messages, production and marketing processes, and audiences. We
welcome work from a wide variety of disciplines, including: communication,
sociology, cultural studies, psychology, religious studies, and gender

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

--Representations of gender, race, class and sexuality
--Religion, morality, and values
--Feminist and anti-feminist themes in Twilight
--Intended and unintended audiences
--Fans and anti-fans
--Genre and vampire/werewolf folklore
--Relationship models (romantic, friendship, and familial)
--Space and place in Twilight
--Celebrity culture and Stephenie Meyer, Robert Pattinson, and Kristen
--Translation of the series for the screen
--The Twilight franchise

This collection will be proposed to Peter Lang's "Mediated Youth" series.

Please email a 250-word proposal, short bibliography, brief author¹s bio,
and contact information to Melissa Click at by April 10,

Notification of accepted proposals will be made by May 15, 2009.
First chapter drafts of 6000 to 8000 words will be due in early fall 2009.

Melissa Click, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Communication
203D Switzler Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
phone: 573.884.4694
fax: 573.884.5672