CFP: Veronica Mars (9/8/06; collection)

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Veronica Mars Collection
Editors Rhonda V. Wilcox and Sue Turnbull

Veronica Mars has impressed discriminating viewers from Joss Whedon to Stephen King, both of whom have praised the series enthusiastically in print. From the moment in the pilot when Veronica Mars uses her noir detective voiceover to comment on the class system of her California high school to the moment later in that same episode when she tells us she has been raped, audiences are already being drawn into the complex world of Veronica Mars. The heroic skills and ethical power of the character are enhanced by the linguistic wit of the series, and its visual elements-Veronica and boyfriend Logan Echolls posed as the Pieta, with Logan as Mother Mary, for instance-are an important part of the meaning of this genre-crossing series.
        The editors wish to include essays on a variety of topics and from a variety of disciplines. Discussions of character, narratology, lighting, genre, culture, symbolism, setting, mise en scène, class, gender, race, music, audiences, paratext, language, antecedents, allusions, acting, authorial voice-all are welcome. Contributors will include David Lavery, co-author of Unlocking the Meaning of Lost (Sourcebooks 2006); James South, editor of Buffy and Philosophy (Open Court, 2003); and the editors.
        Please send your proposal as a Word document of 200 to 500 words to BOTH and If you are not certain that both editors are familiar with your work, please also include a curriculum vitae attachment. Please include in the same document as your proposal your name, your email address, your school affiliation if any, your phone number, and your snail mail address. Send queries to Please make sure that the letters VM and your last name are included in the file name of your proposal (e.g. VMWilcox.doc). Please paste a copy of your proposal into the email as well as sending it as a file attachment.
        Publishers have expressed interest in this collection. With the series having been renewed for a third season, the editors plan to ask for proposals to be submitted by September 8; essay drafts will be expected by the end of the year; revisions will be expected in June, after the third season has been completed.

Rhonda V. Wilcox is Professor of English at Gordon College in Barnesville, GA, USA. She is the editor of Studies in Popular Culture and a founding editor of Critical Studies in Television. She is the author of Why Buffy Matters: The Art of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (winner of the Mr. Pointy Award for 2005) and numerous articles and book chapters on good television. With David Lavery, she is the coeditor of Fighting the Forces: What's at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2002) and Slayage: The Online International Journal of Buffy Studies. Among her other current projects is a book collection on Firefly.
Sue Turnbull is Associate Professor of Media Studies at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. She has published broadly in the areas of audience research, media education, and popular culture including crime fiction and its readerships. With Vyv Stranieri, she is the co-author of a study guide for teachers entitled Bite Me: Narrative Structures and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Australian Centre for the Moving Image 2003). She won The Mr. Pointy Paper Award at the 2004 Slayage Conference. She is currently involved in an Australian Research Council funded project looking at the history of Australian screen comedy.

Rhonda V. Wilcox, Ph.D.
Professor of English
Gordon College
Barnesville, GA 30204
Editor, Studies in Popular Culture
Coeditor, Slayage: The Online International Journal of Buffy Studies
Coeditor, Critical Studies in Television
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