Muppets and Metatextuality

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UCR (dis)junctions

Nobody practices irreverent intertextually like the Muppets. From it's inception, The Muppet Show combined parody and variety show performance in ways that reflect on and challenge traditional media forms and genres. We welcome paper submissions on any Jim Henson Company production, Muppet ephemera and products, Muppet participation in social media outlets, or unofficial parody works that utilize the Muppet image. Possible paper topics could include but are not limited to the presentation of criticism as portrayed through the characters Statler and Waldorf, Muppet film interpretations of canonical texts, Miss Piggy's role as an atypical and subversive pop culture icon, the Muppet's metatextual use of music and performance.

The theme of 21st annual (dis)junctions conference, hosted by UC Riverside, is "irreverent readings," featuring keynote speakers Virginia Jackson (UC Irvine) and Constance Pendley (UC Santa Barbara). Abstracts of 250 to 300 words should be submitted via the form at by February 10th, 2014.