The Artemis Archetype in Fiction, Film, and Television

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Susan Redington Bobby (Wesley College), Eileen M. Harney (University of Alaska Fairbanks)/McFarland and Company

Call for Papers: The Artemis Archetype in Fiction, Film, and Television

The Goddess Artemis is independent, self-reliant, strong, loyal, and nurturing. She is the divine huntress, sister, protectress, slayer, and comforter. As such, the goddess provides an alternative feminine role model to the damsel-in-distress. Unlike many active female characters, those who emulate Artemis, despite often being considered conventionally attractive, do not rely on appearance or sexuality to achieve power or accomplish tasks.

Numerous contemporary female characters embody Artemisian traits. As Jean Shonoda Bolen writes in Goddesses in Everywoman, Artemis is "…a personification of an independent feminine spirit. The archetype she represents enables a woman to seek her own goals on terrain of her own choosing….Her identity and sense of worth is based on who she is and what she does, rather than whether she is married, or to whom." While the Artemis archetype has been visible for several years in fiction, film, and television series, it is continuing to gain ground, becoming the type of heroine women may choose to emulate rather than her submissive sister-heroines.

The working title of this anthology is The Artemis Archetype in Fiction, Film, and Television. This volume, forthcoming from McFarland and Company in 2015-2016, aims to explore presentations of this archetype in literature, film, and television. Preference will be given to essays on: Michonne (The Walking Dead), Detective Shakima 'Kima' Greggs (The Wire), and women in Quentin Tarantino's films. Desired essays also will include discussions of race, sexuality, agency, and power dynamics.

Papers are expected to critically consider the depiction of the archetype in the aforementioned works and engage with analyses of the archetype as presented by authors such as Jean Shonoda Bolen and Christine Downing. Submissions should also display an awareness of and engagement with current scholarship on the selected work and/or character.

Submit 300-500 word abstracts to editors Susan Redington Bobby and Eileen M. Harney by May 15, 2013. Include the author's email address and professional or academic affiliation. Full papers will be expected by September 1, 2013.