CFP: [Film] Extended deadline for South Park Volume

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James Keller
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We are extending he deadline for the volume __South Park__ and Cultural
Criticism: Essays.

We are soliciting essays for a critical volume that examines the
reciprocity between the television series _South Park_ and the culture
that both creates and is created by that program. _South Park_ is a
vehicle for socio-political satire, projecting the burden of our most
vexing social issues onto the lives of a collection of precocious,
animated school children and creating a burlesque of America's anxiety
over the potential corruption of innocence. They are excellent vehicles
for the program's efforts to satirize absurdity and radical activism at
both ends of the political spectrum. In addition, the series comments
upon the productions of popular culture, lampooning America's obsessions
and preoccupations of the moment.

The essays in the volume should address one particular or several related
social and cultural controversies, analyzing the political disposition of
the commentary and perhaps identifying the particular cultural bias of
the episode, if any. The essays might also trace a particular subject
over several episodes or seasons, exposing the inconsistent or evolving
treatment of the subject as it reflects recent cultural polemics. _South
Park_ has devoted at least one entire episode to each of the following
subjects (as well as many others):

<> Contemporary Social and Political Issues:
<>--Hate Crimes
--Hurricane Katrina
--Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
--Global Warming
--Al Quaeda
--Gender Reassignment
--Illegal Immigration
--Gay Marriage
--Pedophilic Priests
--Teacher/Student Sex<>


Popular Culture:
--Paris Hilton
--Mel Gibson
--Jennifer Lopez
--Biggie Smalls
--Christian Rock
--The World of Warcraft
--Japanese Anime
--Lord of the Rings
--Star Trek
--The Nanny
--The Dog Whisperer
--Civil War Reenactments
--Holistic Healing
--Boy Bands
--VH1--"Behind the Music"
--The Passion of the Christ

The essays should be no more than twenty pages and should be documented
in MLA style. The contributor should not use automatic formatting
programs for documentation. The essays should be submitted via e-mail
(if possible) and should be Microsoft Word documents. We cannot give
final acceptance to essays until we have seen the completed final draft
although we can accept tentatively rough drafts. <>

The extended deadline is Oct. 15, 2007, and submissions or inquiries
should be directed to :
Dr. Leslie Stratyner
Dept. of Languages, Literature, and Philosophy 1100 College St., W-1634
Mississippi University for Women Columbus, MS 39701<>


Dr. James R. Keller
Chair of English and Theatre
Case Annex 467
Eastern Kentucky University
501 Lancaster Avenue
Richmond, KY 40475-3102

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