American Realism in a Time of Terror and Crisis: New Essays on The Wire (Submission Deadline April 1, 2013)

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Edited Collection

We are seeking submissions for a new collection of essays on The Wire.

David Simon's police procedural, The Wire, has generated an abundance of critical acclaim as well as a significant body of scholarly attention. There are some outstanding critical explorations of the programme's serial format and aesthetic qualities, and dissections of the way the programme both responds to urban racial politics and critiques American institutions and power structures. However, there has not been a concentrated study of the way it broadly represents the era of American history that, as a series, it dramatizes. This is perhaps because it is often discussed, as in Frederic Jameson's article, 'The Wire: Realism and Utopia', as location-specific; and when it has been examined as a microcosmic representation of Baltimore, as it is in some of the contributions in Tiffany Potter and C.W Marshall's volume, The Wire: Urban Decay and American Television (2009), the focus is generally on these domestic issues as opposed to geopolitical or wider contextual concerns. In contrast, this collection seeks to situate The Wire historically, addressing the ways in which the series comments on America's geopolitical conflicts and domestic tribulations during the Bush presidency. In particular, it is concerned with The Wire as a unique counter-narrative to the stories of heroism that dominated the era, and one that has striking allegorical and symbolic possibilities in relation to America's role in an international context. This collection will ask: what are the connections between the War on Drugs in The Wire and the War on Terror? What are the wider rhetorical implications and suggestions of a programme that insists on 'blurring the distinctions between the criminals and the police' during wartime? How do Baltimore's connections with the wider world comment on American geopolitics? This book offers a timely and definitive re-evaluation of The Wire, in the context of a period of American history that is characterised by disaster and conflict at home and abroad; the aftermath of 9/11; the War on Terror; the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; The Patriot Act; Hurricane Katrina. In sum, it asks: what does The Wire offer in interpreting or representing this era of American history?

The editors of this collection welcome submissions for this edited collection, which seek to locate The Wire historically - these could be but are not limited to:

* The Wire and the War on Terror
* The Wire and 9/11
* The Wire and American / International Politics
* The Wire and Surveillance Culture
* The Wire internationally
* The War on Drugs
* The Wire and the End of Innocence

We are seeking essays which are between 6,000-7,000 words in length and that are formatted according to MLA convention. Deadline for submission will be April 1, 2013 and decisions will be made by the end of April if possible.

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