[UPDATE] HBO’s Girls - Edited Collection

full name / name of organization: 
Betty Kaklamanidou - Peggy Tally
contact email: 
betty.kaklamanidou@gmail.com

We are inviting 2-3 complete chapters for an edited collection on the HBO show Girls (2011-present), contracted by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Girls has already made a big splash in contemporary popular culture, and Lena Dunham should be thrilled, as 2013 welcomed her with a series of public honors and accolades. On January 13, she won a Golden Globe in the Best Actress in a Comedy Series category while Girls received the Golden Globe for Best Television Comedy. On February 2, Dunham also won the Directors Guild Award (DGA) for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series for the pilot of Girls. Finally, the young artist is also on the cover of this week’s Entertainment Weekly in a feature that aims to explain just how she “became the voice of a generation.” At the same time, and before it even was put on the air, Girls became the subject of a fierce backlash by the popular press. The show, and by extension, Dunham herself, was accused of offering a solipsistic, anti-feminist track from a privileged set of young women, who nepotistically benefitted from their famous parents as they focused their narrow lens on the experience of a relatively small group of white millenials in Brooklyn.

Whether Girls is either the voice of their generation or alternatively, the smaller voice of a privileged set of a few young women from Brooklyn, remains to be seen. What is true, however, is that Girls has made a big impact already in popular culture, and has generated a large number of discussions (in all forms of press and social media) while attracting both positive and negative spin or “buzz.” Girls is culturally and socially important insofar as it is not only conceived and directed by a surprisingly young female artist, but also because it offers, in a series of poignant narratives, a portrait of young people who are caught in a gloomy sociopolitical context they didn’t create and are, at the same time, asked to navigate their lives successfully without a moral or social compass from earlier generations.

Essays are requested on the following topics although other subjects will also be considered.

Contributor guidelines:
1. Abstract (not to exceed 400 words) including theoretical premise, methodology and preliminary bibliography or full papers.
2. Brief one-page CV including affiliation and recent publications for each author(s).
3. Submission deadline for full papers: October 10 2013.
4. Materials and/or questions should be submitted by e-mail to both Peggy.Tally@esc.edu & betty.kaklamanidou@gmail.com.

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