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Jason Mittell <[log in to unmask]>
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Call for Papers:     Media Games: The Quiz & Game Show Reader

Few television genres are as representative of the mediumıs particular
contradictions and blurred boundaries as the game and quiz show.  Straddling
the lines between fact and fiction, advertising and entertainment, national
and global, ³legitimate² and ³trashy,² the game show might be the most
uniquely televisual of all genres.  Yet there has been a comparative dearth
of scholarship on this important form of television programming ­ this
collection intends to help fill that scholarly void through a set of
original essays exploring the game and quiz show broadly conceived.
Submissions are invited to explore game and quiz shows in a variety of
international, historical, and theoretical contexts.  While all approaches
and topics relating to the genre are welcomed, some specific facets that are
encouraged include:

- Game shows across national borders ­ transnational circulation of game
shows, different national genre norms and conventions, role of policy and
regulation concerning game shows.
- Game shows and cultural norms ­ politics of genre ³quality² and
hierarchies, controversial game show reception and content regulation,
identity politics within the genre, role of host/hostess as cultural figure.
- Game shows and genre mixing ­ blending game shows with music television,
³reality² programs, advertising, home improvement, comedy, etc.
- Game shows and academic discourse ­ intellectual history of game show
criticism, role of the genre within media history and historiography.
- Game shows and historical transitions ­ moments of genre transformation
and crisis (e.g. quiz show scandals, specific generic booms and busts).
- Game shows and media industries ­ relation between commercial and/or
public service models and games shows, role of syndication and global
distribution, sites of game show production and economics.
- Game shows across media ­ non-television game shows (e.g. radio,
Internet), representations of game shows in other media.

This project is under discussion with a major academic publisher in media
studies.  Please submit a 300-500 word proposal and a brief bio by March 31
in MS Word or RTF format to [log in to unmask] ­ full essays will be
expected by July 15, 2003.  Send proposals or questions to:

Jason Mittell
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Department of American Civilization and Film & Media Culture
212 Adirondack House
Middlebury College
Middlebury, Vermont  05753
(802) 443-3435

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