Thursday, August 5, 2010

CFP: Understanding Superman (collection) (10/15/10)

Call for Papers: Understanding Superman
Call for Papers Date: 2010-10-15
Date Submitted: 2010-07-16
Announcement ID: 177552
Call for Abstracts

Collection: Understanding Superman: The Evolving Contexts of a Pop Culture Icon
Edited by Joseph J. Darowski
Publisher: McFarland & Company

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The editor of Understanding Superman: The Evolving Contexts of a Pop Culture Icon is seeking abstracts for essays which could potentially be included in the upcoming collection. The essays will examine the relationships between Superman comic books and the period of American history when those comics were published. Analysis may demonstrate how the stories found in Superman comic books (and the creators who produced the comics) embrace, reflect, or critique aspects of their contemporary culture.

Essays should focus on stories from Superman’s comic books, not the many media adaptations of the character. Furthermore, essays should look at a single period of comic book history, rather than drawing comparisons between different publication eras. For example, an essay that analyzed Superman comics from the early 1960s and contextualized them with what was happening in American society would be more likely to be accepted than an essay that contrasted Superman comic books from the late 1930s with Superman comic books from the 1980s. The completed essays should be 12-15 double-spaced pages.

Some possible topics for essays include, but are not limited to, the following:

Superman and the Aftermath of the Great Depression; Mild Mannered Civilians and a Superpowered Government: Superman’s Dual Identity in the late-1930s; Propaganda, Powers, and Patriotism during the Second World War; New Roles for America and Its Heroes After World War II; The Nuclear Age and the Man of Steel; Superman and the Comic Book Controversies of the 1950s; Supervillains and Cold War Politics; Countering Counter Culture: Superman’s Message to Youth; Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane and the Feminist Movement; Reimagining Superman in the Reagan Era; Searching for Meaning in “The Death of Superman”; Defining Superman in a New Century; Is Superman a Superbully?: Power and Influence on the World Stage; 9/11, Sacrifice, and the Definition of Heroism; No Longer the Only Superpower: The World of New Krypton.

Abstracts (100-500 words) and CVs should be submitted by October 15, 2010.
Please submit via email to Joseph Darowski,

Joseph Darowski
Michigan State University
106 Morrill Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1036

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