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Call for Chapters: On the Highway to Hell and Back: Critical Essays on the Television Series Supernatural--Abstracts Due June
full name / name of organization:
Susan George (UC Merced) and Regina Hansen (Boston University)
Call for Chapters:
One-page Abstracts Due June 20th, 2012
Supernatural, now in its seventh season, has gained a cult status and has spawned comic books, novels, fan fiction, and an assortment of companion books. Like other cult TV shows before it, such as The X-files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Angel, part of the series’ success lies in the way it combines plot and character with serious investigations of folklore, myth, religion, psychology, and family dynamics. Supernatural’s story arcs have dealt with, and commented on, issues as diverse as fan culture, sexual orientation, father/son conflict, the changing nature of the U.S. family, and the Apocalypse. This collection of critical essays will be thematic in nature, focusing on the social, psychological, philosophical, religious and mythic themes of the series. Specifically it will examine how the series addresses horror in a postmodern context through character and story as well as the recurring use of symbols and plot devices such as the music, cars, the crossroads, biblical texts and religious icons.
Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:
• Representations of mythic and folkloric themes: fairy tales, non-Western folklore, urban myth/legend, shape shifters
Please contact Susan A. George (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Regina Hansen (email@example.com) with questions or brief description (no more that 25 words) of your topic and a current CV before submitting an abstract. One-page Abstracts Due June 20th, 2012. First complete draft (15-20 pages plus works cited) due by September 20th, 2012.