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Intellect's Fan Phenomena series is seeking chapters for a new volume on fandom and The Big Lebowski. Topics for exploration include fashion, economics, fan media, character, gender and sexuality, Lebowski Fests, philosophy, pop culture influence, language, merchandise, the film's cult status, and Lebowski fan sites. The Fan Phenomena series debuts this fall, with volumes devoted to Twin Peaks, Star Wars, Star Trek, Batman, Dr. Who, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This Big Lebowski volume will be part of the second wave, due next year. The books consist of around ten chapters, each of around 3,000 words.
Here are some possible areas for discussion:
Fashion: The t-shirts. Walter, Dude, and other characters’ costumes at festivals and as popular Halloween costumes. The Valkyries.
Fan Media: The books written by fans and “aca-fans” alike, including I’m a Lebowski, You’re a Lebowski: The Life, The Big Lebowski, and What Have You (2007), Two Gentlemen of Lebowski: A Most Excellent Comedie and Tragical Romance (2010), The Dude De Ching (2010), Got Any Kahlua: Collected Recipes of the Dude (2011), The Abide Guide: Living Like Lebowski (2011), The Big Lebowski: An Illustrated, Annotated History of the Greatest Cult Film of All Time (2012), Dudesong (2012), as well as academic books such as The Year’s Work in Lebowski Studies (2009), The Big Lebowski and Philosophy: Keeping Your Mind Limber with Abiding Wisdom (2012), and the BFI Film Classics volume (2008). Also: Eddie Chung’s documentary, The Achievers: The Story of the Lebowski Fans (2009).
Virtual: websites such as Dudeism.com, blogs, fan films, YouTube tributes
Merchandise: t-shirts, rugs, the soundtrack (even without the Credence), and “what-have-yous”
Gender and Sexuality: You mean coitus? Maude’s feminism. Male vs. female fandom at festivals. Jackie Treehorn (who “treats objects like women, man”) and the pornographic industry.
Language: The quotable Lebowski. Its effect on common parlance and the “preferred nomenclature.”
Cult: How does fandom for The Big Lebowski compare to that of other cult films? How does it compare to sci-fi/fantasy fandom? The history of The Big Lebowski midnight screenings.
Economies: merchandising, the film's rise after its failure at the box office
Influence: Bowling, imbibing White Russians, and other attendant rituals involved with festivals and midnight screenings.
Festivals: This is where you can cover the phenomenon of the Lebowski fests held all over the US and now globally.
The place of the film in general and Coen Brothers fandom/cult following
Interviews with Lebowski Fest organizers or authors of other Lebowski books are also welcome.
For more on the Fan Phenomena series, see http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/books/view-Series,id=32/
Deadline for 100-200 word proposals: April 15, 2013
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