"American Idols and Their Fans: What People Write and Send to Celebrities"

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Barbara Ryan (National University of Singapore) and Charles Johanningsmeier (University of Nebraska at Omaha)

For a planned book collection of forward-looking essays on how celebrities and their cultural productions are received by different types of readers, viewers, listeners, etc., we are seeking original and informed analyses of letters, e-mails, Facebook and Twitter posts, zines, gifts, chat rooms, or any other ways in which fans express themselves to celebrities. We especially welcome essays that investigate topics not typically represented in scholarly discourse and/or push the boundaries of typical scholarly approaches. Abstracts of 500 words or less (for eventual essays of between 5,000 and 7,500 words) should be submitted by November 15 to either Barbara Ryan, National University of Singapore < usprbt@nus.edu.sg >; or Charles Johanningsmeier, University of Nebraska at Omaha < jmeier@unomaha.edu >