21st Century Superheroes and Super Villains in Film and TV - Call for essays

full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Betty Kaklamanidou and Dr. Richard J. Gray II

We invite submissions for a forthcoming edited collection on superhero films and TV shows. The last decade witnessed the emergence of some of the most commercially successful superhero films in the history of film as well as popular TV shows, which focus on people with extraordinary powers, such as Smallvile and Heroes, for example.
We believe that the increasing number of these narratives requires an in-depth academic study of the concept of hero in a globalised society which is dealing with terrorist attacks and increasing fronts of fanatics of every kind. In such a society, the concept of hero constitutes something strange, admirable and sought after. Using some of the most recognisable American pop culture symbols, the Hollywood film and TV industries turned them not just into highly profitable products, but more importantly into modern day myths (according to the barthesian definition).
This edited collection aims at studying not just the 'good' superheroes but also their 'evil' counterparts by focusing solely on film and TV representations. We are currently seeking an additional 10-15 papers on television series, including, but not limited to, Heroes (NBC, 2006- ), and Smallville (The WB, 2001- ) and films including Daredevil, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Hulk (2003), Catwoman, Hellboy (2004), Fantastic Four, Elektra (2005), Ghost Rider (2007), Iron Man (2008), the Blade franchise, as well as animated films such as The Incredibles (2004) and Monsters vs Aliens (2009).
Topics should include, but are not limited to:
• Religion and Morality
• Family
• History
• Gender & Sexuality
• Environmental issues
• Film Technology/CGI
• Psychology
• Gender and/or Race
• Film/TV production/economics

Contributor guidelines:
1. Abstract (not to exceed 400 words) including preliminary bibliography or full papers.
2. Brief one-page CV including affiliation and recent publications for each author(s).
3. Submission deadline for abstracts: January 31st, 2010.
4. Materials should be submitted by e-mail to both Dr. Betty Kaklamanidou & Dr. Richard Gray at bettyk@freemail.gr and rgray@cn.edu