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CFP: *The* *Velvet Light Trap* Issue #68
Submission Deadline: September 15, 2010

Comedy & Humor

Mainstays of the mass media and popular entertainment, comedy and humor
serve as the sources of various pleasures and as the sites of complex
negotiations of cultures, industries, aesthetics, and tastes. This issue of
*The Velvet Light Trap* seeks articles on comedy and humor in a variety of
contexts. Papers may address traditional forms undergoing change, new or
emergent forms, or comedy or humor as a component of cultural discourses.

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

   - forms and aesthetics of comedy (including emergent forms such as comic
   blogs and web memes)
   - comic genres (e.g. romantic comedy, the buddy comedy, animated comedy,
   the sitcom)
   - hybrid comedic forms (tragicomedy, dramedy, comedy-horror)
   - media industries and comedy production
   - comedy and/in politics
   - humor and comedy in relation to race, gender, sexuality, class, or
   other forms of identity
   - humor, taste, and cultural capital
   - nationally or culturally specific - or transnational/transcultural -
   forms of humor or comedy
   - comic stars and authors
   - comedy albums or other audio recordings
   - comedy and/for children
   - historical studies of comedy


Papers should be between 6,000 and 7,500 words (approximately 20-25 pages
double-spaced), in MLA style with a cover page including the writer's name
and contact information.  Please send one electronic copy of the paper
(including a one-page abstract) saved as a Word .doc file suitable to be
sent to a reader anonymously. The journal's Editorial Advisory Board will
referee all submissions. For more information or questions, or to submit a
manuscript electronically, contact Andrea Comiskey ([log in to unmask]), Liz
Ellcessor ([log in to unmask]), Lindsay Garrison ([log in to unmask]), or
Jonah Horwitz ([log in to unmask]). E-mail submissions are due September 15,
2010.

*The Velvet Light Trap* is an academic, peer-reviewed journal of film and
television studies. Graduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
and the University of Texas-Austin alternately coordinate issues. The
Editorial Advisory Board includes such notable scholars as Peter Bloom, Mia
Consalvo, David Desser, Yeidy Rivero, Joe McElhaney, Beretta Smith-Shomade,
Darrell Hamamoto, Tara McPherson, Henry Benshoff, Joan Hawkins, Steve Neale,
Aswin Punathambekar, Sean Griffin, Alisa Perren, Michael Newman, Radhika
Gajjala, Richard Allen, and Michael Williams.


-- 
Lindsay H. Garrison
Ph.D. Student, Media & Cultural Studies
Department of Communication Arts
University of Wisconsin - Madison
6051 Vilas Hall
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