Call for book chapters for a proposed edited collection
Following her death in 2016, the public mourning of Carrie Fisher revealed the breadth of her impact as star, feminist icon, and mental health advocate. We are seeking abstracts for essays to be included in an anthology on Fisher that will appeal not only to academics, but also to her fans.
In addition to analyzing Fisher’s work as a performer, writer, comedian, and advocate, this anthology aims to provide insight into the role of celebrity in social issues of gender inequality, mental health, substance addiction, and political resistance. We welcome work from a wide variety of academic approaches and fields of study, including audience & fan studies, feminist theory, queer theory, autobiography studies, celebrity studies, comedy studies, media studies, and scholarship in public health/mental health.
Possible topics may include but are not limited to:
* Bright Lights Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds
* Comedic Style
* Drug Addiction
* Fan bases
* Fan Collections
* Feminist activism
* Gender Inequality
* Mental Health
* Public Mourning
* Fisher’s work as script doctor
* Social Media Use
* “Space Mom”
* Wishful Drinking stage play
A university press is interested in this collection and looks forward to a proposal from the editors after contributors and topics are finalized. Please direct any questions and 300-500 word abstracts along with a 150-word bio to Linda Mizejewski (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Tanya D. Zuk (email@example.com) by May 25, 2018. We will respond by June 6, 2018.
Final essays will be approximately 5,000 to 7,000 words and will be due January 2, 2019.
Linda Mizejewski, a professor at Ohio State University, is the author of five books on women and popular culture and is the co-editor of Hysterical! Women in American Comedy (2017), winner of the Susan Koppelman Award from the Popular Culture Association.
Tanya D. Zuk, a Ph.D. candidate at Georgia State University, is an editor at In Media Res a web publication out of GSU. She has also published work in the Journal of Transformative Works & Cultures, and Journal of Religion and Popular Culture. Her research focuses on fandom, LGBTQ+ new media, and collaborative authorship.