True Blood & Philosophy Call For Abstracts; 9-28-09

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Rebecca Housel, PhD, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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Call for Abstracts
True Blood and Philosophy
Edited by George A. Dunn and Rebecca Housel
The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series

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Abstracts and subsequent essays should be philosophically substantial but accessible, written to engage the intelligent lay reader. Contributors of accepted essays will receive an honorarium.

Possible themes and topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:
Is it Unethical to Read Minds?; Thus Spoke Maryann: Nietzsche's Dionysus and Maenad Madness; Form and Matter: The Metaphysics of Shape Shifting; The Varieties of Friendship in True Blood; Godric's Suicide: Justified or Not?; "True Blood" Meets Nutritional Needs But Doesn't Satisfy Hunger: The Ethics and Phenomenology of Eating; It's a Dog's Life: The Phenomenology of Shape Shifting; A Freudian Analysis of Vampirism: Libidos Gone Wild; Is Immortality Worth Having?; Vampires, Werewolves, Shape Shifters and Personhood; Lettie Mae's Exorcism: Can Deception Be Justified If It Serves a Good End?; The Sacrifice of Godric: A Girardian Analysis; Suffering and Desire on True Blood: A Buddhist Analysis; Frankfort's Persons, Wantons and Vampires; Sex, Objectification and (Literally) Eating Your Partner; V-Juice and Psychotropic Drugs: Can Mind-Altering Substances Disclose Higher Dimensions of Reality?; Jason Stackhouse and the Search for Meaning and Purpose in Life; Personal Identity: If You Lose Your Humanity, Are You Still the Same Individual?; Godric and Eric, Bill and Jessica: The Responsibility of a Maker; "Coming Out of the Coffin" and "Coming Out of the Closet": Is the Comparison Valid?; Godric's Hope that Vampires Can Evolve: Moral Evolution and the "Expanding Circle"; Mindreading: Ability or Disability?; The Path of Excess: Georg Bataille and Maryann; Hedonism in True Blood: Is Pleasure the Good?; Vampire Assimilation and Identity Politics; "God Does Not Punish; God Forgives": Do Sookie and Reverend Newlin Believe in the Same God?; "There's a Purpose for Everything God Creates": The Faith of Adele (Gran) Stackhouse; Sookie Stackhouse and Female Empowerment; Vampires and Speciesism: Who Gets to Have Rights?; "It's Magic That Keeps Us Alive": Naturalistic versus Supernatural Explanations; "The Fellowship of the Sun Only Rose Because We Didn't": Causes of Quarrel According Godric and Hobbes; "Evil" and the Politics of Intolerance; The Ethics of Vengeance and Forgiveness; Can Humans and Vampires Be Parties to the Same Social Contract?; Glamours, Maenadic Frenzies and Free Will; Social Hierarchies in the Supernatural World; Understanding Evil: Dualism, Privation and/or Projection; Scapegoating Violence and Social Solidarity; Loyalty to One's Maker: Virtue or Relinquishment of Autonomy?; True Blood versus Twilight: Is Sex Dangerous or is Sexual Repression the Real Problem?; Is Prejudice Against Vampires Justified?

Submission Guidelines:
1. Submission deadline for abstracts (100-500 words) and CV's: September 28, 2009
2. Submission deadline for first drafts of accepted papers: November 23, 2009
3. Submission deadline for finals drafts accepted papers: December 31, 2009

Kindly submit abstract (with or without Word attachment) and CV by email to:
Rebecca Housel (