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Jorie Lagerwey <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 17:44:37 +0100
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*CFP: The Good Wife (CBS 2008 - ) a special issue of the journal Television
and New Media*

This proposed special issue of the journal *Television and New Media* seeks
papers exploring the CBS primetime drama *The Good Wife *(*TGW*). With its
central female protagonist, strong ensemble cast, and broadcast home on a
network often considered a conservative outlet for conventional sitcoms and
procedurals, *TGW* is a particularly rich text through which to explore the
increasingly gendered discourses of “quality TV” and the dynamic state of
hour-long TV dramas. Responding to the focal shift in current television
scholarship away from broadcast television, we seek proposals that are
interested in reconsidering the role of broadcast television in the
post-network era and/or recouping the feminist foundations of television
studies and its disciplinary agendas.

Over the course of 6 seasons, with its unique blend of serial and
procedural storytelling, *The Good Wife* expands the clichéd “good wife,”
or melodrama’s martyred “coping woman,” with a contradictory and mercurial
characterization of a woman whose liberation and corruption are
increasingly intertwined. Yet, despite this unique characterization, as
well as the show’s acute political timeliness and sharp critiques of
political institutions and our contemporary technological lives, the
popular and ratings-successful CBS network drama remains on the periphery
of conversations about “quality TV” and the legitimizing forces of TV’s new
Golden Age. Using this complex and dynamic network drama as its focus, this
special issue seeks papers from diverse methodological perspectives on a
variety of subjects, including but not limited to:

   -       Narrative structure & genre
   -       Televisual form & Aesthetics
   -       Celebrity & Performance
   -       Authorship & Industry-Audience dynamics
   -       The impact of business models on storytelling
   -       Technology & Surveillance
   -       Politics, Campaigning, & Political discourse
   -       Race, class, gender & sexuality
   -       Recession-Era media trends
   -       Discourses of Quality
   -       Broadcasting History & TV Studies Historiography
   -       Functions of Wardrobe & Fashion
   -       Representations of Religion

Abstracts of 350 words or less should be submitted for consideration to the
editors, Taylor Nygaard [log in to unmask] and Jorie Lagerwey
[log in to unmask] by *May 15th 2015*. If accepted, final papers of
7,500 words or less will be due October 1, 2015.

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