CFP: Music in the Whedonverse (collection)

From bands at The Bronze in Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Angel
singing karaoke at Caritas to the traditional-style fiddling and
guitar playing in Firefly, music is an integral part of Joss Whedon’s
universes. This collection seeks essays from both established and
emerging scholars on the uses of and contributions made by music in
the Whedonverse. Discipline-specific and interdisciplinary views are
encouraged to address issues of power, relationships, identity,
gender, communication, religion, multiculturalism, sanity and
madness, and other topics present in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel,
Firefly, and Serenity. Topics might include, but are not limited to:
* Music and performance
* Gender/identity/race and music (including traditional identity
topics as well as those of non-human characters)
* Genre representations
* Scoring for action sequences
* Music and communication
* Musical characterization
* Music and camp
* Music and transformation
* Character vocality
* The use of silence and music in unique ways
* Levels and mixing of diegesis and non-diegesis

The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2008. The collection will
be published by Scarecrow Press with an anticipated publication date in 2009.

Essays should be between 7,000 and 9,000 words and follow Chicago
Manual of Style format. Only electronic submissions sent in a .doc
(Word) formats will be accepted. Authors are encouraged to include
photographs, but will be responsible for acquiring all materials and
permission for use. Please send a cover letter including the title of
the essay, an abstract of not more than 200 words, an author c.v, and
author biography of not more than 100 words along with the complete
blind essay (author’s name should not appear) to Kendra Preston
Leonard at


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