Pop Empire: Exploring American Popular Culture

full name / name of organization: 
Italian Association of North American Studies
contact email: 
buonomo@units.it

Pop Empire: Exploring American Popular Culture

Guest Editor, Leonardo Buonomo, University of Trieste, Italy

RSA Journal, the official Journal of the Italian Association of North American Studies (AISNA), is accepting submissions for a thematic section focusing on American popular culture to be published
in its 24th issue (2013).

Any student or scholar of the literature, arts, politics, history, economy, and law of the United States is inevitably confronted with the deeply pervasive and extraordinarily adaptable nature of American pop, whether in the form of books, music, television shows, movies, comics, or advertisements. Pop is the language through which most people are alphabetized about the life and culture of the US. It is the principal tool for the dissemination of American values and its influence on the collective imagination cannot be overestimated. An expression of the “here and now,” pop can offer precious insights into the fabric and workings of American society in any given period.

Sample topics for articles include, but are not limited to: popular literature, songs, music videos, dance, television, movies, comics, graphic novels, design, advertising, the uses of American popular culture in teaching, how American popular culture has impacted and continues to impact other countries, the encounter between “high” and “low” culture and the mutual influence they exercise on each other.

Submissions must be in English, must use the MLA Style Manual and Guide in Scholarly Publishing in text, notes, and bibliography, and must be no longer than 6.000 words (39.000 characters maximum, including spaces, notes, and works cited). These must be accompanied by a 200-word abstract and a separate cover sheet bearing the author’s name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and affiliation. Submissions are blind reviewed; the author’s name should not appear anywhere in the manuscript. RSA reviews submissions with the understanding that they have not been submitted concurrently to another journal.

Please send essays as MS Word attachments to Professor Leonardo Buonomo: buonomo@units.it .

The deadline for submission is 31 January 2013.

cfp categories: 
american
film_and_television
popular_culture