Call for Contributors: The Interior Landscapes of Breaking Bad / abstracts due 15 Nov 2013

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Will Gray
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Though the series has already been discussed at length in forums and in popular articles, and though a general collection of essays is due out this fall, there is plenty of space left for exploring Breaking Bad. In fact, space is the central concept in this new collection, which will gather both reflections on the innovative uses of "interior landscapes" within the series and fresh perspectives on how spaces can be read as active participants in narrative and dramatic art. In other words, writers should imagine this volume as an intersection of ecocriticism and environmental studies, psychology, production design, architecture, and film/literary criticism.

In many ways, Breaking Bad gives a new kind of attention and respect to what an interior space can convey, how it can interact with characters, or even shape events. Far from being backdrops, the interiors of this series provide barriers, pathways, options, mental projections, carefully constructed façades, and devolving reflections of their inhabitants. By studying this aspect across a series of articles, this new edited collection will deepen appreciation for this celebrated series. It will also suggest new ways of reading that can be brought into other texts, both cinematic, dramatic and literary.

Articles might draw from the following topics or beyond:
• The role of real locations in establishing authenticity
• Interiors that shape, suggest or welcome kinds of action
• Interiors (or interior objects) that characters use against each other
• Color palettes, decorations or furnishings that reflect interior / psychological states
• The interior qualities of exterior landscapes
• The varied interiors that characters embrace as "home"
• Spaces that bridge the interior and exterior
• The (shifting) symbolism or meaning of interior vs. exterior
• Interiors that communicate backstory (e.g., Gale Boetticher's apartment)
• Character interactions with other characters' spaces
• Spaces used in atypical roles (as shield, for instance, a weapon, or a barometer)

Send an abstract and bio to Dr. Will Gray (at by or before 15 November 2013. Selected writers will be contacted soon after, with article drafts due by 15 March 2014.

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