Thursday, July 24, 2014

CFP Hannibal Lecter and Philosophy (8/1/14)

Of potential interest:

CFA Hannibal Lecter and Philosophy
Call for Papers Date: 2014-08-01 (in 8 days)
Date Submitted: 2014-07-14
Announcement ID: 215065

Hannibal Lecter and Philosophy
Joseph Westfall, Editor

Abstracts are sought for a collection of philosophical essays related to Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the fictional psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer at the heart of four novels, five films, and a critically acclaimed television drama. The volume will be published by Open Court Publishing (the publisher of Star Trek and Philosophy, Dexter and Philosophy, The Walking Dead and Philosophy, etc.) as a volume in its successful Popular Culture and Philosophy series. Potential contributors are welcome to submit abstracts on any topic related to the Hannibal Lecter novels by Thomas Harris (Red Dragon; The Silence of the Lambs; Hannibal; Hannibal Rising), the five film adaptations of those novels (Manhunter; The Silence of the Lambs; Hannibal; Red Dragon; Hannibal Rising), or Bryan Fuller’s series on NBC, Hannibal, but a list of topics of interest to the editor is provided, below.  To ensure quality, author submissions will be provisionally accepted based on their abstract, but final acceptance will occur only after a completed draft of the chapter is submitted.

Topics may include:

  • Eat the Rude: Ethics and Etiquette for Hannibal Lecter
  • You Are Who You Eat: Food Ethics and Cannibalism
  • Sanity and Madness: Is There a Difference between Lecter and Will Graham?
  • We Are All Nietzschean Fish: Overcoming and Renewal for Hannibal and Will
  • Pathologizing Evil in Hannibal Rising: Is Dr. Lecter Evil, or Just Very, Very Sick?
  • The Evil Genius: Why Doesn’t Hannibal Know Better?
  • The Nature of the Beast: The Human as Animal in the Lecter Novels/Films
  • Another Dinner Party: Hannibal Lecter as Metaphor (and Indictment) of High Society
  • Neither Savage Nor Wise: The Role of Psychopathy in Modern Society
  • I Am the Dragon: Serial Killers and Self-Transformation in the Lecter Novels/Films
  • First Principles, Clarice: Marcus Aurelius, Philosophical Inquiry, and Criminal Investigation

Potential contributors are encouraged to write creative, fun, philosophical essays inspired by or about the various depictions of Dr. Lecter. Essays must be written in an accessible, jargon-free style for general, non-academic readers.  Potential contributors are also encouraged to examine other books in the Popular Culture and Philosophy Series while developing their ideas.

Contributor Guidelines:

A brief abstract (200-500 words)
Author’s/Co-authors’ CV(s)/resume(s)
Abstracts due: August 1, 2014
Notification of acceptance of abstracts: August 15, 2014
First drafts of paper due: December 1, 2014
Abstracts and CVs/resumes must be submitted via e-mail to:
Please post this CFA or forward to anyone writing or working in fields closely related to philosophy who might be interested in contributing.

Joseph Westfall

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