Doonesbury: critical and cultural essays. An edited collection (MUP).
CALL FOR PAPERS.
For over four decades G.B. Trudeau’s Pulitzer prize-winning Doonesbury strip has reflected and refracted America’s national narratives, atomising and coalescing them within the strip format to a global audience. Chronicling, dramatising and defining key debates of the late-twentieth and early-twenty-first centuries, Doonesbury has also intervened in and shaped their trajectory. Using representative form as a prism through which to explore, catalogue, landmark and define its contemporary moment, Doonesbury represents both a significant artistic, cultural and critical achievement.
Doonesbury’s status as a symptomatic corollary, imaginative rendition and cultural-historical document of America, as well as the strip’s diversity of interests, global reach, and cultural reception and standing, offer fertile grounds for fresh contemporary readings hitherto unfulfilled by academic engagement. Proposals are therefore invited for an edited collection of critical and cultural essays to be published through Manchester University Press that engage with the long-running, iconic strip.
The following themes are broadly suggested as points for discussion and points of departure for submitted proposals:
- Doonesbury: comedy and comment.
- Doonesbury’s narrative form: fragmentation, linearity and cohesion:
- Doonesbury 40: A Retrospective: the great American novel?
- Doonesbury and the American pastoral: from Thoreau to Walden commune and beyond.
- Doonesbury, representation, war and trauma: Vietnam, Iraq I, the war on terror, Iraq II, Afghanistan and the war within.
- Doonesbury and the comic tradition: art, satire, liberty and independence.
- Doonesbury’s and America’s political debates.
- Doonesbury and activism: civil and/or gay rights representation.
- Virtual Doonesbury: the daily strip and the dot com.
- Doonesbury, the counter-culture and the baby-boomers: from protest to Gen X.
- On the cover of Rolling Stone: Doonesbury, music, business and cultural representation.
- Bright Lights, Big City: Doonesbury and the eighties.
- Doonesbury and the American presidency: idealism, reality and representation.
- Doonesbury: humour, dissidence and censorship.
It must be stressed that these are only suggested areas of discussion and that proposals dealing with any aspect of the strip, or advancing alternative disciplinary or theoretical approaches will be considered.
Proposals should be no more than 800 words in length, and should be submitted to email@example.com no later than
Inquiries should also be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org
April 17th, 2013 - 09:30am