CFP for edited collection on Arrested Development [EXPANDED CALL]

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Dr. Kristin M. Barton
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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 2-3 additional proposals for a forthcoming edited collection will explore Arrested Development from a scholarly perspective. A number of chapters have already been written, but due to heightened interest from the publisher more chapters are being solicited. The 2-3 new chapters needed for the book should come from the following areas (most other topics have already been covered):
- Family dynamics (maternal/paternal roles)
- Politics
- Love and marriage
- Financial issues (having/not having money)
- Class status
- The role of charity in the series
- Sexuality
- Alcohol/addiction
Chapters may also focus on specific characters from the series. Characters that are not yet covered include:
- George Michael
- Maeby
- Tobias
- Lucille

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 December 10, 2013 to Dr. Kristin Barton at 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 middle of December 2013, and please note that invitation to submit a full essay does not guarantee inclusion in the volume.