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[ecrea] CFP Let's Go to Work: The Legayc of Angel - A Slayage Special Issue

Tue Jan 09 18:33:14 GMT 2018

The deadline for proposals to this special issue of Slayage is the 15th January 2018.

CFP: Let’s Go to Work: The Legacy of /Angel/ – A/Slayage /Special Issue

On October 5^th 1999, the first episode of /Angel /– the spin-off to /Buffy the Vampire Slayer/ – aired on the WB.  The television show ran for five seasons and ended with a bang – or at least with a dragon – on May 19^th 2004. The story continued in comic book form, including /Angel: After the Fall /(IDW Publishing)/, Angel & Faith Season 9/ and /Angel & Faith Season 10 /(Dark Horse Comics).  While the show has received critical attention in the form of journal articles in /Slayage: The Journal of Whedon Studies, Critical Studies in Television, Refractory, /and /Intensities: The Journal of Cult Media/, as well as a small number of books/, /the series has never received the same level of critical attention as its parent-text /Buffy/ as well as other Whedon/Mutant Enemy texts. Yet its aesthetic hybridity and horror pedigree, as well as its preoccupation with themes of redemption, masculinity, corporate evil, apocalypse, and the need to keep fighting the good fight in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, make it increasingly relevant. More so than ever, Angel’s epiphany ‘If nothing you do matters, then all that matters is what you do’ speaks to the contemporary reality of our socio-political landscape.

The show’s 20^th anniversary in 2019 is an ideal opportunity to reflect once again upon /Angel/, not only in terms of its significance as a series, but also the legacy and influence of the show, in terms of content, theme, and personnel.  The editors of this special issue – Stacey Abbott and Simon Brown –  thus invite proposals for papers on any aspect of /Angel/ the television series and/or its comic-book spin-offs. As Angel tells his team as they face a horde of demons and monsters ‘Let’s go to work’.

Proposals may include, but are not restricted to:

·        Aesthetics and production contexts
·        Discussions of direction, editing, music, set design, and sound
·        Representations of the city
·        Examinations of key themes such as: masculinity, redemption, apocalypse, and/or Corporate Evil
·        Issues of gender
·        Angel as apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic fiction
·        Angel and genre (comedy, horror, Film Noir, melodrama)
·        The /Angel /finale
· /Angel/ in relation to other Whedon texts
· /Angel /in relation to other vampire TV series (/True Blood, Vampire Diaries, The Originals, The Strain, Penny Dreadful)/
· /Angel /and TV Horror
·        The legacy of the sympathetic/reluctant vampire
· /Angel: After the Fall, Angel & Faith/, and other comics
·        Transmediality
·        Fandom
·        Legacy of the creators of /Angel/ (e.g. Joss Whedon, David Greenwalt, Jim Kouf, Tim Minear, Jane Espenson, Steven DeKnight, Ben Edlund, Drew Goddard, Jeffrey Bell, Elizabeth Craft, Sarah Fain, Marita Grabiak)
·        Legacy of the cast

Please send a 200-300 word proposal and a short bio by the 15^th January 2018 to Stacey Abbott (( /at/ and Simon Brown ((simon.brown /at/ Decisions will be made, and everyone will be notified, by the 12^th February 2018. If your proposal is accepted please note that a first draft will be due by the 29^th June 2018. ​

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