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Cory Barker <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 16 Jan 2012 10:49:33 -0500
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The deadline for our edited collection on *Smallville* has been extended to
January 31, 2012. Please take this additional time to submit an abstract!


*Call for Submissions: Edited collection on the recently-concluded WB/CW
television series Smallville* (01/15/12, 06/01/12)

Editors: Cory Barker, Chris Ryan and Myc Wiatrowski, Bowling Green State

When the WB/CW television series *Smallville* ended its unprecedented
10-year run this past May, it was the longest-running comic-book based
series and the longest-running North American science fiction series in
television history. The televised story of Clark Kent’s long, complicated
journey to becoming Superman survived dysfunctional networks, actor and
creator departures and two years in the “Friday night death slot.” Yet,
despite the series’ decade-long stay on the air, very little has been
written about *Smallville* in critical and academic circles. This
collection of essays seeks to rectify this academic blind spot and examine *
Smallville* from multiple perspectives and disciplines.

Potential topics for discussion include, but are not limited to:

   - Clark Kent’s journey to becoming Superman within *Smallville*
   - Character arcs for Lex Luthor, Lois Lane, Chloe Sullivan, Oliver Queen
   and other *Smallville* supporting characters
   - Clark Kent’s relationships with Lex Luthor, Lois Lane, Chloe Sullivan
   and other supporting characters
   - Relationships between other characters (i.e. Lex and Lionel, Chloe and
   Lois, Oliver and Chloe, etc.)
   - Representations of masculinity, femininity, race, sexuality and family
   within *Smallville*
   - Explorations of good and evil, heroes and villains and the concept of
   justice within *Smallville*
   - Explorations of the role of legend and folklore within the diegetic
   framework of *Smallville*
   - *Smallville*’s relationship to the Superman mythology or other
   Superman-related productions
   - *Smallville*’s usage and representation of known DC Comics characters
   and stories
   - *Smallville*’s narrative techniques, including “Freak of the Weak”
   stories and long-term story arcs
   - *Smallville*’s visual style and practices, including special effects,
   direction and costuming
   - *Smallville* as an example of the science fiction, superhero and teen
   drama genres
   - Chapters discussing individual episodes or story arcs
   - Critical reception to *Smallville*
   - *Smallville* in popular culture
   - Fan readings, productions and activities related to and about *

The deadline for proposals of *500 words is now January 31, 2012*. Please
email your abstract and a short biography to*[log in to unmask]*.
The subject line should contain the writer’s surname followed by
“Smallville Abstract.” If an abstract is selected for the collection, the
full essay of 5,000-7,000 words will be due June 1, 2012.

Cory Barker
Graduate Student
Department of Popular Culture
Bowling Green State University
(765) 499-0080
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