CFP - Gender, Race, Class, and Sexuality in House M.D. (6/15/11) [UPDATE]

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Ritch Calvin
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CALL FOR PAPERS (Book Collection)

Essays are invited for a collection of essays on the television series House. The series, starring Hugh Laurie as a skilled but misanthropic doctor, began its run in the fall of 2004. Now in its sixth season (2009-2010), the series was the "most watched" series in 2008. Principally set in Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital, the series features Gregory House, who heads a team of diagnosticians, who take on the most difficult and perplexing cases. Initially, his diagnostics team was composed of Dr. Allison Cameron (Jennifer Morrison), Dr. Robert Chase (Jesse Spencer), and Dr. Eric Foreman (Omar Epps). In subsequent years, his team shifts to include Dr. Remy Hadley (Olivia Wilde), Dr. Lawrence (Choudray) Kutner (Kal Penn), and Dr. Chris Taub (Peter Jacobson). Two other principal characters are House's best friend, the oncologist Dr. James Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard), and the hospital administrator and Dean of Medicine Dr. Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein). The seventh season adds Martha Masters (Amber Tamblyn).
As with any television series, a critic might approach House from many perspectives. This volume proposes to examine the House—overall and through close readings of specific episodes—in relation to other medial comedy and dramatic series and the ways in which it treats gender, race, class, and sexuality, in its characters, character interactions, and story lines. Essays might compare and contrast the ways in which House represents questions of racial, gender, and sexual identity, though they may also examine those issues solely in relation to House. Because the series is both critically and popularly successful, what it says about these issues is significant and reveals something about what we as a culture think about them.
Issues of gender, race, class, and sexuality are, of course, significant in the main characters, and can be followed over time. However, these issues are also expressed through the individual cases each week, including the patients and the partners, spouses, children, friends of the patients. They are also evident in occasional characters, either those with short-term arcs (e.g. Stacy Warner [Sela Ward] for 9 episodes or Micheal Tritter [David Morse] for 6 episodes), or other characters created for a particular episode (e.g. Dr. Samira Terzi [Michael Michele] in the episode "Whatever It Takes").

Final essays should not exceed 7,000 words. They must conform to MLA standards for manuscripts and citations.

Please send submissions via e-mail (as Word .doc, .docx, or .rtf files) or snail-mail (hard copy and CD-R with .doc, .docx, or .rtf file). Deadline for submissions is June 15, 2011. Earlier inquires and abstracts are welcome, but completed manuscripts are due June 15.

Ritch Calvin
Women's and Gender Studies
W0515 Melville Library
SUNY Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3360
(631) 632-7607