The Comics of Charles Schulz: The Good Grief of Modern Life is a proposed volume in the new book series, Critical Approaches to Comics Artists, at the University Press of Mississippi. This volume will contain an array of critical essays on the comics of Charles Schulz, best known for Peanuts, the nationally-syndicated daily comic strip that ran for fifty years and which remains today the most recognizable strip worldwide. Essays from many disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives are welcome, including critical approaches from comics studies, art history, cultural studies, literary studies, philosophy, history, and political science.
Essays that address the following topics are especially welcome:
- · Influences & relationship to earlier comics
- · Philosophy & Ethics
- · Suburbia
- · Politics
- · Repetition and seriality in Peanuts
- · Psychological and social identities in Peanuts
- · Peanuts & the 1950s, 60s, 70s, etc.
- · Peanuts across media
- · Peanuts and global merchandizing
Please send a 500-1000 word abstract, 3-page CV, and contact information to Jared Gardner at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 31, 2013 (new deadline).
Accepted abstracts will be used in a formal book prospectus, and the deadline for full-length essays will be negotiated shortly thereafter.