Gladiators in Suits: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Representation in Scandal
Edited by: Kimberly R. Moffitt, Simone Puff, and Ronald L. Jackson II
Not since the 1970s have viewing audiences seen an uncharacteristically powerful Black woman as a protagonist in a prime time slot on American network television. But for three seasons, viewers have learned a great deal about ABC’s political drama series “Scandal” and its Black female lead, Olivia Pope. She is a formidable presence as a public relations consultant, or “fixer” as known by some, who navigates the world “inside the beltway.” Together with her team of “gladiators in suits” she manages crises and makes problems of Washington’s (political) elite disappear, all while trying to hide her own scandal(ous) affairs from plain sight. The popularity and rating success of the program warrants critical exploration as the show’s diverse cast and complex storylines expose a myriad of issues pertaining to race, gender, sexuality, and the female audience that supports it.
A text on “Scandal” provides an opportunity to analyze the communication, politics, stereotypes, and genre/techniques featured in the television series, while also raising key questions about race, gender, sexuality, and viewing audiences. Additionally, this volume will contribute to the literature pertaining to Black womanhood, femininity, and representation as this series features a Black female protagonist in an overwhelmingly popular and strong role seen as unprecedented since the 1970s show, “Get Christie Love!” The collection offers original and timely perspectives on the study of what currently is one of America’s most popular prime time network television series.
Contributors should submit 500-word proposals, including a one-page bibliography of working sources and a 100-word author bio by September 15, 2014 to GladiatorsinSuitsvolume@gmail.com. Accepted proposals will be notified no later than October 1, 2014 and completed drafts will be due January 31, 2015.
Completed essays will be approximately 20-25 pages in length. All chapters need to be formatted utilizing APA publications standards, and with 12-pt Times New Roman font.
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