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[UPDATE] CFP: Book collection: Health, Illness, & (Dis)Ability in the TV Works of Joss Whedon (9/15/10)
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CFP: Book collection: Health, Illness, & (Dis)Ability in the Works of Joss Whedon
Editors: Tamy Burnett and AmiJo Comeford
Description: We are currently accepting proposals for a collection tentatively titled Blood, Body, and Soul: Health and (Dis)Ability in Joss Whedon’s TV Worlds. We are interested in the ways in which Whedon and his creative teams construct and utilize health and wellness—physical, mental, and emotional/psychological—and, conversely, illness, injury, and (dis)ability. Within the wide-ranging and prolific field of Whedon studies, the vast majority of scholarship to date has ignored the physical body in favor of more philosophical questions of identity and being. However, given the heavy action component to Whedon’s shows (which frequently results—or should result—in injury), the often (techno)magical accelerated healing that characters enjoy, and Hollywood standards of beauty/wellness that contribute to de-emphasizing or miraculously “fixing” imperfect bodies, we believe there is a wealth of untapped critical exploration to be made.
Topics: Proposals may focus on any of Whedon’s primarily televisual works—Buffy, Angel, Firefly/Serenity, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, and/or Dollhouse—though they may also incorporate other media forms (like comics) as appropriate. We are interested in any and all topics related to representations of physical, mental, or emotional/psychological health, illness, or (dis)ability.
Possible topics include:
Timeline: Proposals due: September 15, 2010. Proposals should:
We will respond to proposals by the end of October; essays of 6,000-7,000 words in MLA format will be due April 1, 2011.