On the Road with The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (SAMLA, Atlanta, Nov. 15-17, 2019)
In the first season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, the Amazon Prime series followed Midge Maisel’s struggle to discover and develop her comedic voice while navigating the rules (written and unwritten) of her gender, her marriage, her class, and her family. The series also explored voice and power through the show’s other characters (both major and minor, fictional and historical), who must locate their voices within rapidly changing social and relational contexts. In its second season, the series expands this exploration of voice, as the characters move into unfamiliar physical and social spaces (Paris, the Catskills, the Rockaways, the telethon, the comedy circuit, the New York art scene). These new spaces inspire or illuminate complexity in the characters’ voice and language. This panel welcomes submissions on any aspect of voice in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Possibilities include, but are not limited to, feminist or activist voices, women’s comedic voice, subversive humor, obscenity, the expression of masculinity, the relationship between voice and physical or social space, voice and nostalgia, voice and ethnicity, Jewish humor, queer voice/voicing, or the relationship between voice and technology. Proposals addressing the interplay between language and power/identity/relationships are especially welcome. By May 31, please submit an abstract of not more than 300 words, a brief bio, and any A/V requests to Angela Ridinger-Dotterman, Queensborough Community College, CUNY, at email@example.com.