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Tim Rayborn <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 12 Jan 2016 09:39:52 -0800
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Greetings to everyone,

My name is Tim Rayborn, and I am writing to see if any be interested in 
contributing to a new scholarly anthology published by McFarland, 
devoted to the “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” television series. My co-editor 
and I are particularly interested in essays on gender studies, given how 
the show masterfully subverts so many traditional norms.

Below is the general CFP with the details about the type of content we 
are seeking, as well as deadlines and other relevant information. If 
this is of interest to you, or if you have colleagues who might be 
potential contributors, please feel free to contact me directly at the 
email address below.

Thank you so much for your time.

Tim Rayborn

McFarland Publishers, an independent book publisher devoted to a wide 
variety of topics, including history, sports, and pop culture, will be 
publishing a collection of essays on the new Netflix television series 
Marvel’s Jessica Jones. I and my colleague Abigail Keyes will take on 
the role of editors. I have written three books for McFarland (two 
available now and one published in 2016). I have a PhD from the 
University of Leeds (UK) and am a professional performer of classical 
music. Abigail has a background in dance and performance studies, and is 
completing an MA at Mills College in Oakland, CA. We are both long-time 
comics fans, and are eager to explore this amazing new series.

The show has generated an incredible amount of positive reviews and 
feedback. Its 13-episode season takes viewers through a thrilling and 
harrowing story arc. It expertly explores the topics of abuse and PTSD, 
rape, sociopathy, control, society’s reactions to these issues, and much 
more. In addition to the main characters of Jessica and Kilgrave, two 
additional dysfunctional relationships make for important and compelling 
additional plot material, that of Trish Walker and Simpson, and Hogarth 
and her estranged wife.

There is a wealth of material from this show that can be unpacked and 
thoroughly examined. In assembling a collection of essays, we would like 
to see a considerable variety of topics, particularly centered on gender 
studies, psychology (particularly related to abuse and PTSD), and 
sociology. Possible subjects might include:

•    Abuse: domestic, relationship, parental, professional, and how 
these are one of the show’s central themes
•    Subverted gender roles; the Bechdel test (reversed in this show); 
the portrayal of women in a strong and positive manner
•    The portrayal of PTSD
•    Rape, both physical and mental; Kilgrave’s power as a 
representation of it
•    Jessica’s use of alcohol on the show and other substance abuse
•    Kilgrave, sociopathy, and the mentality of an abuser
•    Sociological studies would be welcome, such as why the show is so 
popular with both comics fans and non-readers, and which themes seem to 
resonate with modern viewers.

Essays must be in English, fully cited with end notes, and bibliography, 
all in accordance with the current Chicago Manual of Style (the style 
manual for this collection). The length of each contribution should be 
between about 5,000 and 10,000 words, unless there is a good reason that 
a given essay should be shorter or longer. Please use clear, concise 
writing, not overly academic jargon or dense prose.

Peer review will be conducted after the collection is submitted, 
currently scheduled for late autumn 2016. Accordingly, the deadline for 
article submission is August 1 to allow us time to edit properly. 
Submissions before that deadline are, of course, most welcome and helpful.

If contributors wish to include images not in public domain or text 
excerpts from copyrighted materials requiring written permission to 
reproduce, they will be expected to obtain such permissions on their 
own, and pay the required reproduction fees (if needed). McFarland 
cannot reimburse for this expense. I will need hard copies of each such 
permission. McFarland also prefers that contributors not use exact 
quotations of dialogue from Jessica Jones episodes or images/screen 
captures, as these require additional permission/fees from the 
television studio and can delay publication.

Potential contributors should submit a one- to two-page proposal 
including a potential title, a short description of the topic(s) for 
your essay, a brief summary of your background and qualifications, and 
contact information.

Please email your proposals to me at: [log in to unmask]

Thank you for your time and interest, and we look forward to receiving 
and reading your proposals.

Best wishes,

Tim Rayborn

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