Edited Collection: TV Geniuses (Abstracts Due June 1)

full name / name of organization: 
Ashley Carlson
contact email: 
acarlson@monmouthcollege.edu

A major publisher has shown interest in a collection of essays focused on the portrayal of genius in contemporary television. Genius characters are present in many of today’s top television series, such as House, Bones, Sherlock, Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy, The Bing Bang Theory, and Numb3rs. The characters in these shows provide an interesting lens for considering how intelligence is understood and constructed in our society, particularly in terms of the social and psychological impact of genius. They also lend themselves to readings addressing race, class, and gender.

Essays in this collection should focus specifically on portrayals of highly intelligent individuals in fictional television series from the past decade. Some possible themes or topics include:

• Geniuses, prodigies, and savants
• Mental illness and genius
• Child geniuses
• Egotistical geniuses
• Artificial geniuses
• Geniuses in and/or seeking romantic relationships/ friendships
• Competition among geniuses
• IQ and EQ
• Geniuses and nerds
• Gender, sexuality, and genius
• Walking encyclopedias, heightened observers, and talented logicians

Some possible primary texts include:

• Battlestar Galactica (2004 – 2009)
• The Big Bang Theory (2007 – present)
• Bones (2005 – present)
• The Closer (2005 – 2012)
• Criminal Minds (2005 – present)
• Eureka (2006 – 2012)
• Fringe (2008-2013)
• Grey’s Anatomy (2005 – present)
• House (2004 – 2012)
• Malcolm in the Middle (2000 – 2006)
• Monk (2002 – 2009)
• NCIS (2003 – present)
• Numb3rs (2005 – 2010)
• Psych (2006 – present)
• Sherlock (2010 – present)
• Stargate Atlantis (2004 – 2009)

Please send 500-word proposals and a CV to Ashley Carlson (acarlson@monmouthcollege.edu) by June 1st, 2014. Accepted essays should be 5,000 – 7,000 words long and will be due by October 1, 2014.

cfp categories: 
film_and_television
journals_and_collections_of_essays
popular_culture