Edited Volume. When American Television Became American Literature. Brill (European Perspectives in the United States series).

deadline for submissions: 
June 30, 2024
full name / name of organization: 
Ben Alexander
contact email: 

We are looking for one (maybe two) last Chpaters to complete a critical volume entitled, When American Television Became American Literature.

Our volume coalesces around a specific observation: that during the approximate years 1999 (debut of The Sopranos) and 2015 (conclusion of Mad Men) American aesthetics manifest on American television screens.  Put another way, we argue that beginning ca. 1999 Americans witnessed a revolution in American aesthetics that occurred within the most unlikely of places: on American television screens and within the new technological and creative contexts of the serialized subscription drama.  This itself is noteworthy when one considers that previous revolutions in American art including (perhaps most notably) the Harlem Renaissance and the Southern Renaissance similarly occurred in unlikely places.

We are happy to consider submissions that touches on any aspect of American televison but that appreciates that an individual series, or theme across across several series, contribute to new television aesthetic.

Given that these submissoins will be the last to be included on our volume time is short.  We ask for submission of a proposal outline by July 1.  Full submissions will be due with three weeks.

Please submit to Ben Alexander.