CFP: Grave Concerns: Critical Approaches to Six Feet Under (9/15/03; collection)

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Kim Akass
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Grave Concerns: Critical Approaches to Six Feet Under

The latest drama series to emerge from the HBO stable, Six Feet Under, has
garnered much press attention since premièring in June 2001. Having already
been nominated for 23 Emmy Awards and the Golden Globe for Best Drama
Series, Six Feet Under promises to be at least as big a phenomenon as either
of HBO’s other two award winning series, The Sopranos and Sex and the City.
Created, occasionally written and directed by Alan Ball, Six Feet Under is a
prime example of the new media product that HBO is pioneering. Certain
levels of sex, violence, nudity and bad language are now synonymous with HBO
offerings and are, in Six Feet Under, mixed with themes and subjects never
before seen on either American or British television.

Abstracts are sought from potential contributors to an edited collection on
Six Feet Under. Proposals on a diverse range of topics will be considered.
Here, however, are a few suggestions.

Cultural Totems and Taboos
Death/ dying; grief management; faith/ religion; spirituality/ New Age
philosophies; fetishisation of death/dead bodies/consumerism; madness/
mental illness and normality.

Single parenting; marriage/ infidelity; adolescence/ ‘growing pains’; race/
parenting; representing motherhood; death of the Patriarch/ Patriarchy;
dysfunctional family reconfigured.

Gender, Race and Sexuality:
Sex/ drug culture; miscegenation; sexuality and the older woman;
homosexuality/ gay politics; sexuality and the single woman.

Intertextuality and Contemporary Television Drama
Music/ soundtrack; narrative/ black humour/ tragic-comic; realism/ magic
realism; audiences/ fans/ cultural reception.

The collection is aimed at an educated readership. The essays chosen for
inclusion must be learned but not difficult to understand.

In the first instance please send abstracts of 500-750 words by September
15th 2003. Include with your abstract a brief CV. If your article is chosen
for final consideration, you will be notified in October. At this time we
will notify you of the final deadline.

Kim Akass, Lecturer in Film Studies, London Metropolitan University
Dr Janet McCabe, Lecturer in Film Studies, Trinity College, Dublin

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