CFP: Arrested Development edited collection
Over the course of its original three-year run on Fox, the television series Arrested Development quickly became a cult favorite and earned twenty-two Emmy nominations and six wins, including Outstanding Comedy Series in 2004. Unafraid to push boundaries, the series routinely satirized issues of race, sexuality, family, love, politics, and class, to name only a few. Combined with its sophisticated writing and its perfectly cast group of series regulars, the show became a layered and intricate look into modern society and one of the funniest sitcoms to emerge in the last decade. With this in mind, Dr. Kristin M. Barton is seeking proposals for an edited volume under consideration at McFarland which will explore Arrested Development from a scholarly perspective. Ideally, the book will include one chapter on each of the following topics as they pertain to the show:
- The use of narration
- Crime and punishment
- Family dynamics (maternal/paternal roles)
- Styles/types of humor
- Love and marriage
- Financial issues (having/not having money)
- Class status
- The role of charity in the series
- Casting the series/Bringing roles to life
- The show's revival on Netflix
- (Chapters on "religion" and "struggles to find an audience" have already been completed)
Chapters may also include material/references from the 4th season debuting on Netflix in May 2013.
Articles should be 6,000-8,000 words (MLA format, no footnotes or endnotes please) that respond to the focus of the volume. Article abstracts (300+ words) and a brief CV should be submitted by July 31, 2013 to Dr. Kristin Barton at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions with detailed outlines or in draft form will be given stronger consideration. Completed essays must be submitted by January 31, 2014. Brief queries are welcome should there be questions about appropriate submission topics. Selected authors will be notified by the end of August 2013, and please note that invitation to submit a full essay does not guarantee inclusion in the volume.