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*Deadline Extended to 9/15/14*

Editors: Jim Iaccino, Cory Barker, and Myc Wiatrowski

In just two years on the air, the CW’s *Arrow* has garnered both fan and
critical acclaim for its ambitious storytelling, well-produced action
sequences, and solid performances. *Arrow*’s stories and characters offer
opportunities for discussions of justice and vigilantism, masculinity, dual
identities, and aesthetics. Furthermore, the series has thrived in adapting
DC Comics stories and characters to television, but also in translating the
spirit and stylistic flourishes of comics to the televisual medium.
*Arrow* therefore
also raises important questions about media franchising, adaptation, medium
specificity, and industry trends. As a young series, very little has been
written about *Arrow* in academic circles. This collection of essays seeks
to provide the opening large-scale investigation into the CW series and
examine *Arrow *from multiple perspectives and disciplines.

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

--Representations of masculinity, femininity, race, sexuality, class, and
--Explorations of justice, violence, the greater good, and morality
--Examinations of secret (and dual) identities, teamwork, and secret
--Deceptions of a “realistic” superhero story and the slow introduction of
more fantastical elements
--*Arrow*'s narrative techniques, including the preponderance of flashbacks
and serialization
--*Arrow*'s fight choreography and action set pieces
--Chapters discussing individual episodes or story arcs
--Chapters discussing particular character arcs or relationships
(Oliver-Felicity, Oliver-Slade, Thea-Roy, etc.)
--*Arrow* as an adaptation of the pre-existing Green Arrow stories and its
employment of characters and arcs from the larger DC Comics universe
--Evolution of the *Arrow* figure from the *Smallville* series to the
current show
--Arrow as part of the recent push for superhero series on television
(including comparisons between *Arrow* and *Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D*
., *Arrow* and *The Flash*)
--Critical reception to *Arrow*
--Fan readings, productions, and activities related to and about *Arrow*

This collection is under contract with McFarland, so all that remains is
securing the contributions in a timely fashion for a planned text
publication in late 2015-early 2016.

The deadline for proposals of 500 words is *September 15, 2014*. Please
email your abstract and a brief bio to [log in to unmask]
Please put “Arrow Abstract” in the subject line. If an abstract is selected
for the collection, full essays of 5,000-7,000 words will be due by
December 1, 2014.

Cory Barker
Graduate Student
Department of Communication and Culture
Indiana University
(765) 499-0080
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