Call for chapters: A book on King of the Hill (6/18/2012)

full name / name of organization: 
Katie Salzmann / Texas State University-San Marcos
contact email: 

McFarland & Company has expressed sincere interest in publishing this edited collection of essays on the animated sitcom, King of the Hill. The show, co-created by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels, ran for thirteen seasons on FOX from 1997-2010, and it continues to air in syndication. Described as "one of television's richest depictions of family life," King of the Hill offers a wide range of themes for exploration.

The purpose of the book is to explore as many of these as possible. Each chapter should serve as a primer on a particular topic, drawing upon characters, storyline, and/or production techniques of King of the Hill to illustrate major concepts or theories. Authors should write with an intended audience of undergraduate students in mind – a 101-level approach.

The book will be comprised of 8,000 word chapters on each of the following topics:

Masculinity studies
Women's studies
Ethnic studies
Southwestern/Texas studies

If you are interested in any of these topics – or if you would like to suggest an alternate chapter, please send a 300-500-word abstract to Katie Salzmann at by June 18, 2012.

Note: The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University-San Marcos houses the complete writers archive of King of the Hill. Over 100 boxes of material contain outlines, drafts, scripts, production notes, and other items documenting the development of every episode. A copy of the finding aid to the collection is here: