CFP for Essay Collection: Animation and Subversion

deadline for submissions: 
June 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Brian N. Duchaney, Curry College and David S. Silverman, Kansas Weslyan University
contact email: 

Editors Brian Duchaney and David Silverman are seeking submissions of individually and co-authored chapters on the topic of animation and subversion for a project that is currently under contract with McFarland publishers. The collection will explore the rise of the animated platform as a means to comment on and criticize social constructs. Special attention will be paid to prime-time animated television shows and streaming content that directly targets adult audiences. 

Since The Flintstones first captured the absurdity of the struggle to achieve the American Dream, numerous shows have explored the shared but often stratified versions of society that encompasses the American experience. While animation has often been seen as a children’s medium, a number of shows have captured the idea of the outsider and harnessed the power of animation as a tool to voice dissent. Rather than simply comment on domestic or interpersonal issues, cartoons are able to, because of their unique legacy as childhood idols and permanent mainstays of culture, explore social change by contrasting change with the permanence of the cartoon form itself. Add to this the rise of cable television and the production of edgy and creator-controlled content, the face of modern cartoons is hardly recognizable when trying to compare the newer breed of cartoon with its predecessors. 

We are interested in papers that explore animated shows as both a mouthpiece for their creators as well as touchstones for audience awareness.  Of interest are the following suggested topics that may include (but are not limited to):

  *  Animation and historical perspectives

  *  Commercialism and commodity culture

  *  Violence and slaptstick

  *  Animation and streaming services

  *  Boundaries of taste and acceptabilit

  *  Politics and a divided culture

  *  Explorations of audience and message

  *  Historial perspectives of the American Dream 

Please send a 300 word abstract and a brief biographical note to the editors, Brian Duchaney ( and David Silverman ( by June 1, 2018.  Notification of acceptance will be sent by July 1, 2018.

Completed articles should be sent by October 1, 2018 in order to meet a Spring 2019 publication deadline.