For the upcoming essay collection, Promoting Dialogue: The Comedy of Dave Chappelle, I am soliciting contributions that analyze and adjoin the comedian’s collected works with its own social commentary. This collection seeks engaging essays that function both as criticism of Chappelle’s work and as extension of its cultural assessments in not only his successful seasons on Chappelle’s Show but also his work as an actor in films and as stand-up comedian. I am looking for scholastic writings that can use theoretical approaches but that are also appealing and comprehensible for students (and non-academic fans). Junior faculty and graduate students are welcome and encouraged to submit.
Chappelle’s canon of humor touches a wide base of disciplines from politics to economics to popular culture. A potential list of topics may include the following:
American / African-American studies / history
Childhood and Family Studies
Digital Culture and the Internet
Film and TV parodies
Gender and Sexuality Studies
Language and Linguistics
Memory and Remembrance
National / Local Politics
Race Relations and Stereotypes
Slavery and Reparations Debates
Please send a 300 word abstract attached (as a Word document) to an email containing a brief bio (containing the author's name, institutional affiliation, and contact information) in the email text to email@example.com. Abstracts are due by Friday, January 4. Tentatively, authors will be notified of their acceptance in February and will be expected to submit completed essays of 5,000-7,000 words in May 2007.
Please address inquiries and send abstracts to the editor:
K.A. Wisniewski, English Department, Cecil College, One Seahawk Drive, North East, MD, 21901, USA; firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
One Seahawk Drive
North East, MD, 21901
USA Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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