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"Larsson, Donald F" <[log in to unmask]>
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This CFP (posted at may be of interest to some in this forum.  (Full disclosure: one of the editors is a former student of mine.)

New McFarland Essay Anthology: The Punk Aesthetic in Comics
Christopher Field, Keegan Lannon, Michael MacBride, and Christopher Douglas
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Comics have long had a connection with subculture. In the punk movement, comics found an aesthetic that could help preach a message to the counterculture. This collection will include essays that examine how both mainstream and underground comics/comix have borrowed from and used the punk aesthetic for their own means.
The OED indicates that the earliest usage of "punk" occurs in 1575, and then it was used as a synonym for prostitute, but the word has come a long way since then, and it has taken on many different permutations. Rather than attempt to form a unified definition of "punk," we encourage submissions to take advantage of the flexibility of this word and to examine the punk aesthetic in unique and original directions. Furthermore, submissions are encouraged to explore texts from outside of the obligatory UK/US discussion, and certainly before the typical 1970s "start date" of the punk movement.
Essay Format/Style:
Essays are to be 5000-7500 words long (typed and double-spaced) and should be written in clear, concrete terms, avoiding jargon whenever possible. Shorter essays may be accepted, but, in general, we are looking for thoroughly researched, scholarly discussions of the topic. For specifics, see the guidelines outlined here:
Anyone interested in contributing an essay should contact the editors at the email address [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>, with a brief proposal (1-2 paragraphs) and a short description of their professional, educational, and publishing background no later than Monday, June 2, 2014. Invited essays will be due as e-mail attachments no later than Monday, January 19, 2015. Further information will be sent later to those who are invited to submit essays.

"Yes.  Isn't it pretty to think so?"
            --Ernest Hemingway

Donald F. Larsson, Ph.D.
Professor of English
Minnesota State University, Mankato
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