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A limited number of contributors are being sought for additional entries to
an edited volume on mockumentaries.
In an entertainment era overwhelmed by "reality" shows, the parody and
satire of the mockumentary, or "fictional documentary," take on even
greater appeal. From the BBC's 1957 April Fool's broadcast of
Panorama's "Swiss Spaghetti Harvest" to the genre's latest addition, To
Kill a Mockumentary (2006), mockumentaries have critiqued, lampooned, and
had a good, hard laugh at everything from the taken-for-granteds of
everyday life to our most cherished cultural icons. This volume will
explore the powerful social and cultural commentary inherent in fictional
documentaries, as well as their evolving roles in the wider cultural
contexts from which they emerge.
Of particular interest are essays on historical mockumentaries,
mockumentaries commenting on social class, mockumentaries originating
outside the United States, as well as authorship of these fictional
documentaries -- particularly articles written by mockumentarians about
their film projects.
Please direct inquiries and proposals no later than 1 March, 2007 to:
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or write Jennifer Higginbotham: higginbj_at_english.upenn.edu
Received on Sun Feb 11 2007 - 15:24:21 EST