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[Commlist] Call for Book Chapters on Chen Qing Ling/The Untamed

Sat Oct 17 15:06:38 GMT 2020

Call for Book Chapters on Chen Qing Ling/The Untamed

deadline for submissions: January 15, 2021

full name / name of organization: Cathy Yue Wang (Shanghai Normal
University) and Maria Alberto (University of Utah)

contact email: (cql.mdzs.collection /at/

Thanks to an increasing range of streaming platforms, a greater general
familiarity with adaptation-driven and transmedial storytelling, and
faster rates of communication among invested viewers—among other factors!
—audiences today have access to an increasingly transcultural range of
popular culture content. The 2019 Chinese web series Chen Qing Ling
(English translation: The Untamed) is one such example. While the show is
not the first of its various genres or circumstances, it has generated and
sustained a wide appeal that is worth exploring.

We are soliciting book chapters for an edited scholarly collection on Chen
Qing Ling/The Untamed, its contexts, and its audiences. This will be a
multi-disciplinary collection that considers the show's popularity,
influences, and effects from a variety of cultural and critical

After episodes began airing on Tencent in June 2019, Chen Qing Ling/The
Untamed quickly became one of China's most widely-viewed and
highest-earning dramas, attracting millions of views per episode and
drawing a large international audience through streaming on additional
platforms. Just over a year on, the show continues to release new
paratextual materials, support a vibrant transnational and transcultural
fan base, and generate wider, ongoing interest in genres such as danmei,
xianxia, and Cdramas. Given these effects, this collection aims to
assemble a first compilation of interdisciplinary scholarship that begins
to contextualize, explore, and evaluate Chen Qing Ling/The Untamed, the
works that inspired it, the contexts that impacted it, and the influences
it continues to have.

We are interested in chapters that address topics such as:

1. Genre, Adaptation, Authorship
•	Danmei as genre and/or subject of adaptation
•	Contextualization of danmei among Boys’ Love (BL), yaoi, and slash
•	Contextualization of Modao Zushi within danmei
•	Jinjiang and reader communities surrounding Modao Zushi
•	Analysis of the live-action show, animated show, audio drama, and/or
graphic novels as adaptation(s) of Modao Zushi
•	Contextualization of Chen Qing Ling/The Untamed among recent or
forthcoming danmei adaptations (Guardian, Immortality {The Husky and His
White Cat Shizun}, etc.)
•	Mo Xiang Tong Xiu as author, and/or Modao Zushi among her other works
•	Studies of Modao Zushi in the context of the xianxia (immortal heroes)
and/or xiuzhen (immortality cultivation) genre(s)

2. Production, Promotion, Distribution
•	Circumstances of production
•	Censorship and distribution
•	Translations, dubs, and subtitles
•	Chén Qíng Lìng/The Untamed original soundtrack (OST)
•	Performers and performances, including Cpop stars (Xiao Zhan, Wang Yibo,
The Untamed Boys [TUB]), promotions, and post-filming concerts
•	Paratextual materials, including "behind the scenes" footage and
spin-off films (Shenghun/The Living Dead {2019}, Luanpo/Fatal Journey
•	Accessibility (including Tencent VIP function and early releases)
•	Streaming and platforms (Tencent Video, WeTV, Viki, ODC, YouTube, Netflix)
•	Tie-ins and merchandise (official and fan-made)

3. Circulation, Reception, Fandom
•	Critical and popular reception in China
•	Transnational and transcultural reception
•	Fan cultures and participatory networks
•	The data-ization of fandom; forms of fan labour
• Fan activities and social media (Sina Weibo, Lofter, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.)
•	Transformative works (fanfiction, fanart, fanvids, etc.)

4. Sociocultural and Political Perspectives
•	Critical analysis of Chen Qing Ling/The Untamed or Modao Zushi
(feminist, queer studies, media studies, and other critical approaches
• Gender and sexuality reflected in the show, the novel, and/or their fandoms
•	Chen Qing Ling/The Untamed and real person slash (RPS) fandom, including
the Ao3 ban in mainland China
•	Transnational and/or transcultural models of fan activity
•	Tension among models of fan activity; fans and anti-fans of the show or
novel; power struggles among fan communities
•	Conversations about activism, awareness, and appropriation, particularly
regarding transcultural fans of Chen Qing Ling/The Untamed

The items above are suggestions and topics that we are especially
interested in exploring with this collection. However, we will certainly
also consider topics beyond those listed here.

Please send your 300-500 word abstract to the editors at
(cql.mdzs.collection /at/ by January 15, 2021. We also welcome
inquiries before this January date.

Acceptances will be sent in February 2021, and full chapters will be due
around September 2021. A more detailed timeline will be made available
once chapters have been confirmed.

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