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This call is for abstracts for an edited collection, with the working title Representations of the Mother-in-Law in literature, film, drama, and television. In this new call, the focus of the study has been broadened to invite both western and non-western perspectives of representations of the mother-in-law in literature, film, drama, and television
The final date for abstract submissions has been extended to 15 October 2016.
Mothers-in-law are familiar figures in jokes, stories, and culture. They are everywhere. Yet it is interesting to note that, to date, and even though the mother-in-law figure is an ever-present figure in life and an important part of social and cultural history in all societies, world-wide, it would seem that there are no published academic books on representations of the mother-in-law from the angle suggested in this cfp.
It would indeed be most interesting to discover how the mother-in-law is perceived in the popular and social culture as represented in the literature, film, drama, and television of various cultures. (Examples that come immediately mind from a western perspective are small screen productions such as Downton Abbey and the BBC production Upstairs Downstairs, and the Australian-American film Monster-in-Law, as well as two Australian novels, Confessions of a Once Fashionable Mum by Georgia Madden, and The Unknown Woman by Jaqueline Nunn).
As a suggestion only, potential questions that could be addressed may include but are not limited to:
This collection of scholarly essays will make an interesting intervention in the field by fulfilling a number of aims. It will: be the first of its kind to explore whether or not there are characteristic features and definitions within the representations of the mother-in-law in popular culture; document and record how our western and non-western societies perceive and represent the socially important figure of the mother-in-law in film, stage, and literary works; indicate if there is agreement or difference between the various cultures on how the figure of the mother-in-law is represented in popular-culture to the viewing/reading audiences; establish a new and dynamic area of theoretical research in social history, and point the way to possible future work in an ever-expanding field through examining various representations of the mother-in-law in popular culture; permit scholarly consideration of the extent to which writers establish popular representations of a figure who is an intrinsic part of every culture as a whole.
Abstracts should be written in English, no more than 500 words in total, excluding the title, and the keywords. At the top of your abstract, after the word “Keywords,” please add five keywords for you abstract. Full-length chapters (of no more than 6000 words each) will be solicited from these abstracts.
Please submit a short biographical note with your covering letter, and give your affiliation if any, and your contact details. These may be attached to your abstract. No need to send two separate documents.
Papers should be forwarded to:
Deadline for abstracts: 15 October 2016.
Dr Jo Parnell, Conjoint Fellow, Faculty of Education and the Arts, School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle, Australia.
Post expires on Sunday October 30th, 2016
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