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Pamela Demory <[log in to unmask]>
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CFP (Edited Volume): Queer Love (2/15/11; 7/01/11)

Call for Essay Submissions

Contacts: Pamela Demory & Christopher Pullen

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Submissions are sought for a collection of essays tentatively titled 
/Queer Love in Film and Television./

Not so many years ago, a kiss between two men or two women on television 
or in a Hollywood movie was shocking, but images of two people of the 
same sex loving each other---in groundbreaking television shows such as 
/Queer as Folk/and /The L Word/and movies such as /Brokeback 
Mountain/and /Milk/---are gradually becoming a more visible part of the 
cinematic landscape. And with same-sex marriage now legal or being 
actively debated in many states within the U.S. and in many countries 
around the world, now seems a good moment to take a critical look at how 
gay and lesbian love is represented in film and television. This volume 
will investigate the idea of "queer love," broadly speaking. How have 
representations of homosexual romantic and sexual relationships changed 
over the years? What is the relationship between representation of gay 
and lesbian romantic and sexual stories in popular film and television, 
and attitudes toward gay and lesbian individuals and the LGBT community 
in general? To what extent has the broader acceptance of gay and lesbian 
stories in all forms of media and society altered the nature of the love 
story more generally? In other words, what would it mean to say that the 
love story has been "queered"?

Proposals are welcomed for critical essays that approach the subject of 
Queer Love, potentially focusing on LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and 
transgender) identities from a variety of methodological perspectives: 
aesthetic or textual, historical, philosophical, cultural, 
psychoanalytic, semiotic, post-structural, post-colonial, gender or---of 
course---queer. Topics might include, but are not limited to the following:

·The representation of same-sex love and romance in film and/or 
television history

·LGBT love in world cinema traditions

·Issues of literary adaptation, where queer love is modified, denied or 
reconstructed, within varying media texts

·Notions of celebrity, and the relationship of same sex desire

·Love, sex, and romance in television shows featuring gay or lesbian 
characters (e.g., /Queer as Folk, The L Word, Will and Grace/)//

·Same-sex romantic subplots in television shows /not/primarily focused 
on gay or lesbian characters (e.g., /Ugly Betty/, /Glee/)

·Gay and lesbian love, sex, and romance in reality television

·Queer theory, love, and film

·Queer love, television, and politics

·Homoerotic subtexts in heterosexual love stories

·Queer love and genre: comedy, drama, sci fi, and more

·Fan love -- audience response to television and movie characters/actors

Abstracts of approximately 500 words are due February 15, 2011. 
Completed essays of 5000-7000 words will be due July 1, 2011.

Please send inquiries and completed abstracts to Pamela Demory 
([log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>) AND Christopher 
Pullen ([log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>).

Editor details:

Pamela Demory:

Pamela Demory, PhD, is Continuing Lecturer in the University Writing 
Program at the University of California, Davis, where she teaches 
courses in film adaptation and writing in film studies. She has 
published numerous articles on topics in film adaptation, including 
"/Apocalypse Now Redux/: /Heart of Darkness/Moves Into New Territory" 
(/Literature/Film Quarterly/, Jan 2007), "'It's About 
Seeing...'---Representations of the Female Body in Robert Altman's 
/Short Cuts/and Raymond Carver's Stories" (/Short Story Criticism/, 
2007), "Jane Austen and the Chick Flick in the 21st^Century" (in 
/Adaptation Studies: New Approaches/, Fairleigh Dickinson Press, 2010), 
and "The Pleasures of Adapting: Reading, Viewing, Logging On" (in /The 
Twilight Mystique: Critical Essays on the Novels and Films/, McFarland, 

Christopher Pullen:

Christopher Pullen, PhD, is Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at The 
Media School, Bournemouth University, in the UK. He is widely published 
in the area of sexuality and contemporary media, and is involved in 
public political agency regarding the representation of LGBTs within the 
media.He is the author of /Documenting Gay Men: Identity and Performance 
in Reality Television and Documentary Film /(McFarland, 2007), /Gay 
Identity, New Storytelling and the Media/(Palgrave, 2009), and co-editor 
of /LGBT Identity and Online New Media/(Routledge, 2010).

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