CFP: Authorship in Film and Television (2/1/05; journal issue)

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Issue #57: Authorship

Almost since the earliest constructions of the moving image, notions of
authorship have been developed and alternately contested. While such aspects
as authors' roles, creative circumstances, and perceived autonomy change across
cultures and across time, the idea of "authorship" has persisted—even in
discourse that has proclaimed the very death of the author. Perhaps owing its
greatest historical debt to auteur theory, authorship has, in cycles, both
embraced this idea and attempted to disengage itself from that ideal. To date,
authorship remains a complex aspect of media theory, possibly because no one
theory of authorship can account for the range of authorship experiences and
diversity of authored products thriving in contemporary societies.

Issue #57 of the Velvet Light Trap will explore authorship as it relates to and
is a product of historical and contemporary discourse. We are particularly
interested in articles that highlight the changing discourse on authorship in
media theory. The editors are also seeking submissions that address the
historical evolution of product branding and promotion through authorship, in
particular as it affects media distribution and consumption patterns.
Submissions from a variety of analytical approaches are strongly encouraged,
including reception, political economy, textual analysis, discourse theory,
historiography, feminism, queer theory, critical race theory, psychoanalysis
and any other methods in cultural studies.

Possible topics for this issue include, but are not limited to:

*Challenges to and/or reaffirmation of auteur theory
*Notions of authorship, mastery, and the canon
*Cooperative authorship practices and other complications of "the master"
*Ideology and authorship
*The resurgence of the documentary as privileged form—including increased
visibility of the documentarian as author, public figure, and/or political
*Reality TV's treatment of authorship in its productions
*Product branding via authorship, including trends towards the Producer/Author
and Actor/Author
*Authorship and representation of national identities, interests, dominant and
alternative voices
*Agenda-setting and authorship
*Historical perspectives of authorship
*Popular valorizations of authors
*The valorization or devalorization of authorship in industry, including
persisting "old guard" notions of authorship
*De- or re-mythologizing the author through metatexts, e.g. DVD features, A&E
Biography episodes, IFC programs, Behind the Scenes, Extra, etc., including the
entertainment press or "gossip industries"
*Alternative notions of authorship
*Alternative outlets for authored materials
*Plagiarism, Intertextuality, Homage, Notions of "originality"
*Methodologies and authorship, e.g. reception studies, audiences, and/or
cultural studies approaches to fandom in relation to authorship
*Pedagogy and theories of authorship
*Fostering authorship in classroom settings, e.g. teaching screenwriting through
editing and music composition, including practices that result in circumscribing

To be considered for publication, papers should include a 100-200 word abstract,
be between 15 and 25 pages, double-spaced, in MLA style, with the author's name
and contact information included only on the cover page. Authors are
responsible for acquiring related visual images and the associated copyrights.
Queries regarding potential submissions also are welcome. For more information
or to submit a query, please contact Jean Lauer at
All submissions are due February 1, 2005. Submit five copies of the paper to:

The Velvet Light Trap
C/o The Department of Radio-Television-Film
University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station, A0800
Austin, TX, 78712-0108

The Velvet Light Trap is an academic, refereed journal of film and television
studies published semi-annually by University of Texas Press. Issues are
coordinated alternately by graduate students at the University of Texas-Austin
and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After a prescreening, articles are
anonymously refereed by specialist readers of the journal's Editorial Advisory
Board, which includes such notable scholars as Charles Acland, Alexander Doty,
David William Foster, Bambi Haggins, Heather Hendershot, Charlie Kiel, Michele
Malach, Dan Marcus, Nina Martin, Walter Metz, Jason Mittle, James Morrison,
Hamid Naficy, Karla Oeler, Lisa Parks, and Malcolm Turvey.

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