CFP: Let’s Go to Work: The Legacy of Angel – A Slayage Special Issue
On October 5th 1999, the first episode of Angel – the spin-off to Buffy the Vampire Slayer – aired on the WB. The television show ran for five seasons and ended with a bang – or at least with a dragon – on May 19th 2004. The story continued in comic book form, including Angel: After the Fall (IDW Publishing), Angel & Faith Season 9 and Angel & Faith Season 10 (Dark Horse Comics). While the show has received critical attention in the form of journal articles in Slayage: The Journal of Whedon Studies, Critical Studies in Television, Refractory, and Intensities: The Journal of Cult Media, as well as a small number of books, the series has never received the same level of critical attention as its parent-text Buffy as well as other Whedon/Mutant Enemy texts. Yet its aesthetic hybridity and horror pedigree, as well as its preoccupation with themes of redemption, masculinity, corporate evil, apocalypse, and the need to keep fighting the good fight in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, make it increasingly relevant. More so than ever, Angel’s epiphany ‘If nothing you do matters, then all that matters is what you do’ speaks to the contemporary reality of our socio-political landscape.
The show’s 20th anniversary in 2019 is an ideal opportunity to reflect once again upon Angel, not only in terms of its significance as a series, but also the legacy and influence of the show, in terms of content, theme, and personnel. The editors of this special issue – Stacey Abbott and Simon Brown – thus invite proposals for papers on any aspect of Angel the television series and/or its comic-book spin-offs. As Angel tells his team as they face a horde of demons and monsters ‘Let’s go to work’.
Proposals may include, but are not restricted to:
· Aesthetics and production contexts
· Discussions of direction, editing, music, set design, and sound
· Representations of the city
· Examinations of key themes such as: masculinity, redemption, apocalypse, and/or Corporate Evil
· Issues of gender
· Angel as apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic fiction
· Angel and genre (comedy, horror, Film Noir, melodrama)
· The Angel finale
· Angel in relation to other Whedon texts
· Angel in relation to other vampire TV series (True Blood, Vampire Diaries, The Originals, The Strain, Penny Dreadful)
· Angel and TV Horror
· The legacy of the sympathetic/reluctant vampire
· Angel: After the Fall, Angel & Faith, and other comics
· Legacy of the creators of Angel (e.g. Joss Whedon, David Greenwalt, Jim Kouf, Tim Minear, Jane Espenson, Steven DeKnight, Ben Edlund, Drew Goddard, Jeffrey Bell, Elizabeth Craft, Sarah Fain, Marita Grabiak)
· Legacy of the cast
Please send a 200-300 word proposal and a short bio by the 15th January 2018 to Stacey Abbott ([log in to unmask]) and Simon Brown ([log in to unmask]). Decisions will be made, and everyone will be notified, by the 12th February 2018. If your proposal is accepted please note that a first draft will be due by the 29th June 2018.
Dr. Stacey Abbott
Reader in Film and Television Studies
Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy
Roehampton University | London | SW15 5SL
[log in to unmask] | www.roehampton.ac.uk
Author of Undead Apocalypse: Vampires and Zombies in the 21st Century (Edinburgh University Press 2016)
Find out more about Undead Apocalypse: Vampires and Zombies in the 21st Century: https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-undead-apocalypse.html
For further information on the book, please see this interview with Stacey Abbott:
Co-author, with Lorna Jowett, of TV Horror: Investigating the Dark Side of the Small Screen (I.B. Tauris 2013)
Author of Angel: TV Milestone (Wayne State University Press, 2009)
Author of Celluloid Vampires (University of Texas Press, 2007)
Former President of the Whedon Studies Association (2014-16)
http://slayageonline.com/WSA.htm - http://slayageonline.com/ - http://www.watcherjunior.tv/
tel: +44 (0) 208 392 3439
Consider the environment. Please don't print this e-mail unless you really need to.
This email and any attachments are confidential and intended solely for the addressee and may also be privileged or exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If you are not the addressee, or have received this e-mail in error, please notify the sender immediately, delete it from your system and do not copy, disclose or otherwise act upon any part of this email or its attachments.
Internet communications are not guaranteed to be secure or virus-free. University of Roehampton does not accept responsibility for any loss arising from unauthorised access to, or interference with, any Internet communications by any third party, or from the transmission of any viruses.
Any opinion or other information in this e-mail or its attachments that does not relate to the business of University of Roehampton is personal to the sender and is not given or endorsed by University of Roehampton.
University of Roehampton is the trading name of Roehampton University, a company limited by guarantee incorporated in England under number 5161359. Registered Office: Grove House, Roehampton Lane, London SW15 5PJ. An exempt charity.
Learn to speak like a film/TV professor! Listen to the ScreenLex