Chapter proposals for Television Comedy & Cultural Crisis

We are seeking proposals for an edited collection tentatively titledTelevision Comedy & Cultural Crisis.Chapters should focus on a specific television series, and address how that series engages with the discourse of a particular cultural crisis through comedy. The function of comedy should be foregrounded, as the collection will be held together through the central question of how humor acts as space through which we can resist normative ways of thinking about these cultural crises.

Contributors might consider humorous depictions of, but are not limited to:

  • The afterlife/faith
  • Environmentalism/climate crisis
  • Identity discourses (race, gender, sexuality, etc.)
  • Technology
  • Addiction
  • Mental health
  • Education systems
  • Work & labor conditions
  • Consumerism
  • Militarism

In the interest of the overall argument and cogency of the book, we are defining “television comedy” as half-hour and hour-long scripted situation comedies with a narrative arc. Other comedy genres – reality programs, late night talk shows, sketch comedy, web series – should be avoided. If you have questions about whether or not a particular text would be suitable, please reach out to the editors.

Submit 250-300 word abstracts (tohollyholladay /at/ <mailto:(hollyholladay /at/> (andcclassen /at/ <mailto:(cclassen /at/> by March 31st, 2022. Notification of acceptance will occur byApril 30, 2022. Completed chapters of 4000-5000 words inclusive of references will be due by December 15, 2022.

*Holly W. Holladay, Ph.D.*

Associate Professor

Department of Media, Journalism & Film, Craig Hall 381A

Missouri State University

901 S. National Ave.

Springfield, MO 65897

Phone: 417-836-8371 | Fax: 417-836-4637

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