Call for Chapters -- Ugly Betty: The lives the Betty la fea, la fea mas bella 10/1/09

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Laura Valdez-Pagliaro / Marymount University
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This anthology examines the mega successful television series that has reached audiences and gained a loyal fan following globally in dubbed or adapted versions of Colombian writer/producer Fernando Gaitán's original telenovela Yo soy Betty la fea. The collection will raise critical questions about the ways in which the branded "ugly" woman negotiates subjectivity across borders, literal and imaginary. Questions of representation, class, gender, culture, race, and adaptation and translation will frame the discussions. Various theoretical approaches are welcome, in particular feminist, queer, postmodern, and Cultural Studies. In addition, the anthology will look at current trends in marketing, branding and television broadcasting that have contributed to the global popular culture phenomenon.

Extended abstracts of 500 words, or completed manuscripts of approximately 5000 to 7500 words, due November 1, 2009. All submissions should include a title page with the following information: name, affiliation, phone number(s), mailing and e-mailing addresses; and a brief bio. Review of submissions will begin November 1, 2009. Final manuscripts are due March 1, 2010.

Questions and submissions may be addressed to Laura Valdez-Pagliaro, English Dept. Marymount University, 2807 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22207; 703-284-1577;