Velvet Light Trap - Humor and Comedy

Eija Niskanen eija.niskanen at
Thu Apr 1 20:01:23 EDT 2010

CFP: Velvet Light Trap Issue #68
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 (acomiskey at, Liz Ellcessor
(ellcessor at, Lindsay Garrison (hogangarriso at, or
Jonah Horwitz (horwitz2 at 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.

Eija Niskanen
Kichijoji Honcho 4-12-6
Tokyo 180-0004

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