The CW’s show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has attracted considerable critical acclaim, including creator and star Rachel Bloom’s Golden Globe for Best Actress and Emmy awards for choreography and editing. Because of its female creator, screenwriter, and directors, its hybrid form as a television musical comedy, and its blatant engagement with “sexist term[s]” and mental illness, the show is ripe for feminist media analysis. I seek proposals for papers for an edited collection on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
Topics for proposed papers might include: analyses of abjection and the show’s use of humiliation; the show’s postmodern appeals to alternative aesthetic categories such as cute, zany, ticklish, and sweet (following theorists like Ngai, Latour, and Connor); the show as an integrated musical and/or its use of the music video aesthetic; how the show defines or redefines “crazy;” how the show portrays mental illness; the show’s depiction of homosexuality; the show as post-network television; or the show’s intersectional portrayal of race, gender, and sexuality, among others.
Two editors are very interested in this project, and, because this is a timely topic, we will need to turn it around a bit quickly. Therefore, the deadline for initial proposals is May 25, with expected completed papers, of around 8,000 words, due by September 1.
If interested, please send a 200-400 word abstract and a bio to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 25. Please also let me know if you could have a longer paper finished earlier to send along with the project proposal.