Sexual Rhetoric in the Whedonverse - April 30, 2009

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Erin B. Waggoner
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Call for Papers!

"If you're doin' it, I think you should be able to say it": Sexual Rhetoric in the Whedonverse

The editors of this book proposal are searching for scholarly essays that relate to the rhetoric of sexuality and gender in the works of Joss Whedon. We're looking for essays that range from all characters, ideas, themes, or anything else that's vampirifically intriguing. The essays can range from any work in the Whedonverse, from the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie to the current Fox show, Dollhouse.

Joss Whedon and company are masters of placement, especially when it comes to gender and sexuality. Since there isn't much work done on Whedonistic rhetorical readings, we are attempting to change this fact by compiling this book of essays. For example, the rhetorical references and devices used in Buffy the Vampire Slayer regarding sexuality and sexual politics. We're looking for about 12-15 essays (or more) to include in this book to argue that our observations as readers and viewers should be obvious but remain hidden at the same time, as though the ideas were afterthoughts in the show's plotting, yet plotted specifically for these reasons.

Due: April 30, 2009