CFP: Deadwood (5/31/05; collection)

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Reading Deadwood
Edited by David Lavery

The editor of an in-development collection of essays on the television
series Deadwood, commissioned for inclusion in I. B. Tauris’ “Reading
Television” series, seeks your proposals.
Writing in Variety , Brian Lowry would say of Deadwood “HBO just might
have found its next great dramatic addiction--a vulgar, gritty, at
times downright nasty take on the Old West brimming with all the dark
genius that series creator and screenwriter extraordinaire David Milch
has at his fingertips. Certainly not for everyone, "Deadwood" is
nevertheless a captivating addition to the pay channel--the kind of
dense, serialized and profane piece that would struggle to survive the
sifting-process anywhere else and that should enthrall a passable
portion of "The Sopranos" mob.

This collection will seek to assess Deadwood’s contribution to the
evolution of “quality” series television. It will be aimed at an
educated but not highly-specialized audience. The essays chosen for the
volume will be scholarly but not obscure, knowledgeable but not erudite.

The following list of topics is meant only to be suggestive and not

Adams, Silas
advertising/marketing Deadwood
American West in Deadwood, the
ancillary texts
Bullock, Seth
“Bullock Returns to The Camp
Burns, Johnny
Calamity Jane
Civil War, the
Cochran, Doctor Amos "Doc"
Deadwood abroad
Deadwood and Quality TV
Deadwood and religion
Deadwood and the critics
Deadwood audience
Deadwood Directors
Deadwood fan communities
Deadwood in the media
Deadwood influences
Deadwood merchandise
Deadwood on the web
Deadwood’s credit sequence
“Deep Water”
Dority, Dan
fan fiction
Farnum, E.B.
Garrett, Alma
Garrett, Brom
“Here Was a Man”
Hickock, Wild Bill
historical contexts
“Jewel's Boot Is Made For Walking”
individual episodes
McCall, Jack
Merrick, A. W.
Metz, Sofia
Milch, David
Military, the
minor characters
“Mr. Wu”
Native Americans
“No Other Sons or Daughters”
Nuttal, Tom
“Pilot- Deadwood
“Reconnoitering the Rim”
Sawyer, Eddy
Season 1
Season 2
Smith, Rev H.W.
“Sold Under Sin”
Star, Sol
story arcs
Stubbs, Joannie
“Suffer The Little Children”
Swearengen, Al
Tolliver, Cy
“Trial of Jack McCall, The”
Utter, Charlie
western genre, the
Wu, Mr.

ASAP, but by no later than the end of May, please send either your
completed essay or a 500-750 word account of the essay you would like
to contribute as an e-mail attachment (in Word or as a Rich Text File)
to Be sure to include with your
proposal a brief bio of yourself. If your essay is chosen for final
consideration, you will have until the end of the summer to complete it.

A website for the book can be found at:

Dr. David Lavery is professor of English at Middle Tennessee State
University, where he teaches courses on American literature, science
fiction, modern poetry, popular culture, and film. He is the author,
editor, or co-editor of Late for the Sky: The Mentality of the Space
Age (1992), Full of Secrets: Critical Approaches to Twin Peaks (1994),
‘Deny All Knowledge’: Reading The X-Files (1996), Fighting the Forces:
What’s at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2002), Teleparody:
Predicting/Preventing the TV Discourse of Tomorrow (2002), and This
Thing of Ours: Investigating The Sopranos (2002) and of in-development
books on My So Called Life, Seinfeld, Northern Exposure, Curb Your
Enthusiasm, and The Daily Show.

Dr. David Lavery
English Department, Box 70
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
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