HBO's Girls - Edited Collection

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Elwood Watson
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HBO Girls: The Awkward Politics of Race, Sex, Class, Privilege and Gender

I am inviting proposals/submissions for an edited collection on the HBO show tentatively titled HBO Girls: The Awkward Politics of Race, Sex, Class, Privilege and Gender (2012-present).
Since its debut in April 2012, the HBO indie themed program Girls has been a lighting rod of controversy. Even before the inaugural episode aired on April 15, 2102, there were critics (and fans) who were dropping various comments about the program. Things became even more intense after the airing of the first episode where it seemed that every other person (rather media critic) almost literally, had an opinion about the show.
Charges of racism, male bashing, nepotism, elitism, perversion, Generation Y dysfunction and others were made with non-stop frequency. Academics, pop culture pundits, journalists, average Jane's and Joe's and celebrities such as James Franco and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar made their opinions about the program known.
The program has spawned a plethora of op-ed pieces, magazine cover and feature stories and was/has been a mainstay topic at academic conferences and in the world of social media. Brash, bold, daring, grainy, masochistic, confused, awkward, indulgent were terms commonly used by many commentators who critiqued the program. The bloggersphere went into overdrive tracking virtually every move or comment that Lena Dunham, one of her producers, or her fellow co-stars made. Arguably, not since Friends, a program that also focused on New Yorkers (in the case of Friends Generation X) had a new show generated so much ink. Interestingly, both television shows faced certain similar criticisms particularly in regards to race, class and privilege.
Regardless of your viewpoints about her, no one can deny Lena Dunham is an avant –garde twentysomething multiple award winning wunderkind and current Hollywood it girl who has produced a show that has firmly etched itself into the fabric of contemporary popular culture. This fact in and of itself is no small feat.
Essays are requested on the following topics although other subjects will also be considered.

*Sexual Identity
*Generation Y (Millennials)
* Hipsterism

Contributor guidelines:

1. Abstracts not to exceed two pages along with a preliminary biography if possible (not mandatory) or full complete essays.

2. Brief biography detailing author(s) background

3. Submission deadline for abstracts: March 31 2014. Complete papers are due on June 30 2014.

4. Materials and/or questions should be submitted by e-mail to Professor Elwood Watson at If you have any questions, I can also be reached by phone at (423)-439-8575.

NOTE – A publisher has been secured for the project.