This is a CFP for critical essays for an edited collection on AMC's original series Breaking Bad. Despite garnering critical notice, Breaking Bad has received little serious scholarly attention in academic circles. This edited collection will be the first publication to conduct a scholarly study of the series from a variety of critical and theoretical perspectives all in an endeavor to delve deeply into the complex worlds of Breaking Bad, its characters, narratives, and audiences.
I am seeking critical essays (20-30 pages) that explore Breaking Bad along with the social, cultural, institutional, and political contexts of its production and reception.
Potential essays may include, but are not limited to the following topics:
Vince Gilligan as auteur Series place in AMC's branding & programming strategies Breaking Bad's moral, ethical, & philosophical universe Representation of narco cultures, D.E.A., & the war on drugs Latino/a Americans, Mexicans, and border politics Series' meth cultures and America's underclass Breaking Bad and the western landscape Breaking Bad and life & myth in modern American Southwest Breaking Bad as metaphor for modern American capitalism
Representations of white and Latino American masculinities Good/bad fathers and sons Representations of race, ethnicity, disability, & sexuality The women of Breaking Bad The Tao of Gus Fring and Mike Ehrmantraut
Walter White & the myths of the American western outlaw The uses of black comedy and violence in Breaking Bad Breaking Bad's and the television serial drama The visual and aural style of Breaking Bad Breaking Bad's fan readings, cultures, and activities
Please send abstract proposals (350-500 word) with working title and brief biography listing any publications by email by 1 April 2012; finished essays by 3 December 2012. Send proposals and questions to David Pierson, Associate Professor of Media Studies, University of Southern Maine at email@example.com
David Pierson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Media Studies
University of Southern Maine
Dept. of Communication and Media Studies
19 Chamberlain Avenue
Portland, Maine 04104-9300 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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