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The Twilight Books Are Coming!!!

September 16, 2009

Following the academic storms wrought be Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Harry Potter, the Twilight series is resulting in a groundswell of forthcoming scholarly work. Not wanting to be left out such an exciting trend, I am working with Maggie Parke, formal programming director for TwiCon2009, to edit an anthology of critical perspective on the series. Bloggers, fans, academics, grad students, and educators from all teams and persuasions are encouraged to submit! Please see the call below for more details.

Critical Perspectives on the Twilight Saga, Edited by Maggie Parke and Natalie Wilson

We are currently accepting proposals for essays to be included in an edited collection on Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga. We are looking for essays that examine the Twilight series, the fandom, and the films from various analytical and methodological perspectives. We are particularly interested in submissions from the following disciplines: film studies, sociology/popular culture studies, women’s/gender studies, critical race studies, literature, psychology, and education.

The collection is intended for a broader audience than is the case for many scholarly anthologies. We welcome work from academics, graduate students, bloggers, educators, and fans. Abstracts and subsequent essays should thus be intellectual in tone and treatment, but accessible to general readers.

The collection will focus on the following areas:

Twilight in the Media, Analysis of the Films, The Adaptation Process, Celebrities, and Music of Twilight

Explorations and analysis of the Fandom, Twi-net, Fan Fiction

Female Roles, Representations of Gender, Feminist Analysis of the Series

Readings of Vampire and Werewolf Lore, Consideration of Quileute Legend and Culture

Cross-Generational Issues, Analysis of Family or Mothers/Fathers in the series/fandom

Theological Considerations, Analysis of Twilight as Religious Allegory

Literary Analysis of the Series, Intertextual Considerations

We are particularly interested in the topics that follow:

Gender issues, female roles, chastity, abstinence only, reproductive rights/abortion, representation of masculinity/patriarchy

Film Adaptation, authorial influence, adaptation process

Mormonism, Christianity, feminist theology

The biological possibilities and capabilities within the mythical structure, rule-making and rule-breaking

Race, ethnic identity, cultural mythology, whiteness and white privilege

Literary and genre readings, werewolves, vampires,  intertextuality, etc

The fandom, blogs, vlogs, celebrity culture

Pedagogical reads

Use of Twilight as an educational resource

Representations of family, maternal roles, paternal roles, sibling rivalry

Submission guidelines:

Send a 500 word abstract with contact information, affiliations, and a brief bio of approximately 50 words to AcademicTwilight@googlemail.com. Please use word, or rtf format.

Deadline for submissions is December 10.

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