CFP: Reading Bad: A critical analysis of the Breaking Bad series

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Edited by Alice Nuttall, Oxford Brookes University

Vince Gilligan’s series Breaking Bad, running from 2008-2013, has enjoyed immense popularity, gathering a dedicated fanbase and spawning several well-known memes. Following the metamorphosis of mild-mannered chemistry teacher Walter White into vicious drug lord Heisenberg, the series explores themes such as family, crime, drugs, and the blurring of the lines between good and bad.

This critical collection will explore the themes and narrative trends present in the series, as well as its impact on viewers. Potential topics for chapters may include, but are not limited to:

• Masculinity and femininity
• The family
• The law and morality
• Life and death
• Fandom and intertextual influences
• Science and medicine
• Class
• Race
• Drugs and addiction

Please submit a 300-word abstract and a short biography toreadingbad@gmail.com by 28th February 2014. Completed chapters of 5000-7000 words will be due by 30th June 2014.

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