[UPDATE] Call for Chapters Ugly Betty: the Lives of Ugly Betty, la bella mas fea

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Laura Valdez-Pagliaro
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Ugly Betty
The lives of Betty la fea, la fea mas bella

This anthology examines the popular television series that has reached audiences and gained a loyal fan following globally in dubbed or adapted versions of Colombian writer/producer Fernando Gaitán's original telenovela Yo soy Betty la fea. The collection will raise critical questions about Re/presentation and the ways in which the branded "ugly" woman negotiates subjectivity across borders, literal and imaginary. Questions of class, gender, culture, race, and adaptation and translation will frame the discussions. Various theoretical approaches are welcome, in particular feminist, queer, postmodern, and Cultural Studies. In addition, the anthology will look at current trends in marketing, branding and television broadcasting that have contributed to the global popular culture phenomenon.

Extended abstracts in of 500 words, or completed manuscripts of approximately 5000 to 7500 words due January 7, 2010. All submissions should include a title page with the following information: name, affiliation, phone number(s), mailing and e-mailing addresses; and a brief bio. Review of submissions is on-going. Final manuscripts are due March 1, 2010.

Questions and submissions may be addressed to Laura Valdez-Pagliaro, English Dept. Marymount University, 2807 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22207; 703-284-1577; lvaldezp@marymount.edu.