If Jane Austen and the history books present one version of the regency, Bridgerton shows a far different one. While the series had many surprises for viewers, it’s less clear what’s responsible. Does this come from being a 2020 show? From Netflix's style? From the romance novels source material? Let’s consider and also weigh what worked and what didn’t.
Length will depend on how many submissions arrive. They will be in MLA format, secondary sources welcome, scholarly be approachable and fun for fans. These will be published in a scholarly colelction--McFarland is interested. Abstracts Due May 1, essays due August 1.
Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject of Bridgerton.
Suggested topics include but are not limited to the following:
The music, lighting, and other staging effects.
Context: comparisons with Downton Abbey, Outlander, The White Queen, Austen adaptations, etc.
The show’s origin in a romance novel
Costume and manners anachronisms
Gender and performativity--anachronistic or not?
The sex scenes
Consent in the MeToo era
Fan response/fans changing the content/fan groups who see themselves in this
Memes, reviews, fanfic and other online responses to the show