We are seeking essays for a critical anthology that addresses such topics (but are not limited to) as the following:
- How the small screen period drama interrogates past and present gender/ class/race relations and notions of historical “authenticity”
- Transatlantic reception /interpretations
- How these TV serials fulfill and/or disrupt notions of “quality television”
- The afterlife of the serialized period drama on video/DVD
- The role of fans in shaping the content/reception of these dramas (message boards, role playing, Facebook and other social media sites that connect fans, etc)
- The relationship between history, heritage, and the costume drama
- Adaptation and the translation from historical novel to the TV miniseries
- How history and culture are commodified for popular audiences
- The feminization of history via the costume drama
- The relationship between these series and wider developments in TV or popular culture more generally
- How these programs have engaged with, or been received in relation to, ideas of region and regional difference
- How the development of the genre been bound up with technological changes, such as the use of video, widescreen and (more recently) HD
Please submit a 500 word abstract and brief CV by April 15 to the editors, Julie Anne Taddeo, University of Maryland, USA (firstname.lastname@example.org) and James Leggott, Northumbria University, UK (email@example.com).
If accepted, the first draft of essays (approx. 7000 words) will be due Sept. 15, 2013 (guidelines from press will follow).
Please note: Individual authors are responsible for permissions for any images reproduced in their essays.