Issue #57: Authorship

Almost since the earliest constructions of the moving image, notions of
authorship have been developed and alternately contested.  While such
aspects as authors' roles, creative circumstances, and perceived autonomy
change across cultures and across time, the idea of "authorship" has
persistedeven in discourse that has proclaimed the very death of the
author.  Perhaps owing its greatest historical debt to auteur theory,
authorship has, in cycles, both embraced this idea and attempted to
disengage itself from that ideal.  To date, authorship remains a complex
aspect of media theory, possibly because no one theory of authorship can
account for the range of authorship experiences and diversity of authored
products thriving in contemporary societies.

Issue #57 of the Velvet Light Trap will explore authorship as it relates to
and is a product of historical and contemporary discourse.  We are
particularly interested in articles that highlight the changing discourse
on authorship in media theory.  The editors are also seeking submissions
that address the historical evolution of product branding and promotion
through authorship, in particular as it affects media distribution and
consumption patterns.  Submissions from a variety of analytical approaches
are strongly encouraged, including reception, political economy, textual
analysis, discourse theory, historiography, feminism, queer theory,
critical race theory, psychoanalysis and any other methods in cultural

Possible topics for this issue include, but are not limited to:

*Challenges to and/or reaffirmation of auteur theory
*Notions of authorship, mastery, and the canon
*Cooperative authorship practices and other complications of "the master"
*Ideology and authorship
*The resurgence of the documentary as privileged formincluding increased
visibility of the documentarian as author, public figure, and/or political
*Reality TV's treatment of authorship in its productions
*Product branding via authorship, including trends towards the
Producer/Author and Actor/Author
*Authorship and representation of national identities, interests, dominant
and alternative voices
*Agenda-setting and authorship
*Historical perspectives of authorship
*Popular valorizations of authors
*The valorization or devalorization of authorship in industry, including
persisting "old guard" notions of authorship
*De- or re-mythologizing the author through metatexts, e.g. DVD features,
A&E Biography episodes, IFC programs, Behind the Scenes, Extra, etc.,
including the entertainment press or "gossip industries"
*Alternative notions of authorship
*Alternative outlets for authored materials
*Plagiarism, Intertextuality, Homage, Notions of "originality"
*Methodologies and authorship, e.g. reception studies, audiences, and/or
cultural studies approaches to fandom in relation to authorship
*Pedagogy and theories of authorship
*Fostering authorship in classroom settings, e.g. teaching screenwriting
through editing and music composition, including practices that result in
circumscribing authorship

To be considered for publication, papers should include a 100-200 word
abstract, be between 15 and 25 pages, double-spaced, in MLA style, with the
author's name and contact information included only on the cover
page.  Authors are responsible for acquiring related visual images and the
associated copyrights.  Queries regarding potential submissions also are
welcome.  For more information or to submit a query, please contact Jean
Lauer at [log in to unmask]  All submissions are due February 1,
2005.  Submit five copies of the paper to:

The Velvet Light Trap
C/o The Department of Radio-Television-Film
University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station, A0800
Austin, TX, 78712-0108

The Velvet Light Trap is an academic, refereed journal of film and
television studies published semi-annually by University of Texas
Press.  Issues are coordinated alternately by graduate students at the
University of Texas-Austin and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  After
a prescreening, articles are anonymously refereed by specialist readers of
the journal's Editorial Advisory Board, which includes such notable
scholars as Charles Acland, Alexander Doty, David William Foster, Bambi
Haggins, Heather Hendershot, Charlie Kiel, Michele Malach, Dan Marcus, Nina
Martin, Walter Metz, Jason Mittle, James Morrison, Hamid Naficy, Karla
Oeler, Lisa Parks, and Malcolm Turvey.

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