[UPDATE] POPS IN POP CULTURE: FATHERHOOD, PARENTING, AND THE MODERN FAMILY
I am looking for papers for a proposed scholarly collection of essays on fathers within and across diverse forms of late twentieth- and early-twenty-first century popular cultures. The collection will focus on representations of fathers, fathering, and fatherhood in areas such as the following: TV shows, including family dramas, sitcoms, reality shows, and cartoons; blogs and online communities; film; magazines; parenting books; and best-selling literatures.
My aim is to include chapters that will draw on cultural, literary, theoretical, sociological, and psychological approaches to how fathers are represented in popular culture texts in North America and elsewhere. Contributors will query the role of the father in terms of patriarchy, masculinity, sexuality, maternity, and (post)feminism, critically assessing the ways that late-twentieth and early-twenty-first century paternal identities, conflicts, and desires are registered in popular culture, and how they impact, revise, reinforce, and or challenge our conceptions, expectations, and experiences of the modern family.
Proposals of 300-500 words (plus a CV) due July 15, 2013 by email; accepted completed papers due January 15, 2014. A major U.S. press has expressed interest in the collection.