Call for Abstracts - Edited Collection on Father Figures in Children's Animated/Cartoon TV Shows
“The handy thing about being a father is that the historic standard is so pitifully low.”
- Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize Winner
The trope of the “hapless dad,” clumsy and useless with his own children, appears in storytelling across several mediums—especially in animated kids’ cartoons on TV. For many contemporary kids’ shows, however, this trope appears less pronounced. These shows often showcase masculine parental figures as kind, emotionally intelligent, and nurturing to children, normalizing childrearing is more than just "women's work."
This edited collection, springboarded off David James Poissant’s award-winning article “Let’s Retire the Trope of the Hapless Dad” on UCF Forum, seeks to explore the variety of ways contemporary fatherhood is showcased in TV shows geared toward children.
Abstracts of academic essays should focus on analysis of father figures in animated or cartoon TV shows developed for children (ranging anywhere from infant to late adolescence). Applicants should offer careful consideration to how the portrayals of these dads may perpetuate harmful fatherhood myths and/or strike new ground on establishing healthier models of parental interaction. Discussion of non-traditional families and diverse father figures (queer, multiracial/multiethnic, differently-abled, etc.) is encouraged.
Final essays should aim for a total word count of 5,000 to 8,000 words. At this time, because of permissions restrictions, included images/screenshots from programming are not able to be included in this collection.
Original scholarship submissions, only. (No reprints.) The publisher will hold the copyright for essays accepted into the collection until the book is out of print. As this will be a peer-reviewed collection, several rounds of revision and editing may be needed until the final manuscript is ready for publication.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Dec. 7, 2019
Editor: Leslie Salas, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
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Institutional affiliation (if any)
List the title(s) of the kids' animated/cartoon show(s) you would like to address in your proposed chapter.
Brief professional biography of yourself
No more than 150 words, please, in the 3rd person.
Brief abstract of your proposed chapter for this edited collection.
No more than 300 words, please.
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