CFP: Screening Scarlett Johansson: Gender, Genre and Celebrity




Screening Scarlett Johansson: Gender, Genre and Celebrity


We invite chapter proposals for an edited collection on the intersection of celebrity, gender and genre, focused on the persona and work
of Scarlett Johansson.

In recent years, Johansson has achieved new standing as the darling of science fiction cinema. However, what makes her a worthy figure of
critical investigation is the multiplicity of genres and personae that she has been associated with. In her twenty-year career, Johansson has inhabited the personae of child actor (Manny & Lo (1996),
The Horse Whisperer (1998)), indie ingénue (Ghost World (2001),
The Man Who Wasn’t There
(2001), Girl With a Pearl Earring (2003),
Lost in Translation
(2003)), director’s muse (Match Point (2005), Scoop
(2006), Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona (2008)), action heroine (The Island
(2006), Iron Man 2 (2009), The Avengers (2012)) and, most recently, science fiction performer (Her
(2013), Lucy (2014), Under the Skin (2013), Ghost in the Shell (2017)).

This collection seeks to provide the first book-length account of Johansson’s persona and work. It will position Johansson as a discursive
conduit for discussing celebrity as it intersects with questions of gender and genre, a research trajectory that is enabled by Johansson’s varied career. The collection casts a critical eye over the characters she has portrayed and personas that she has inhabited,
and how the two intersect and influence one another. The collection not only brings together a critical analysis of Johansson’s work. It draws out the multitude of meanings generated through and inherent to her performances.

We welcome a range of approaches to gender, genre and celebrity, focalised through Johansson’s persona. Possible topics include, but are
not restricted to:

  • Johansson,
    gender and science-fiction cinema
  • Indie
    cinema stardom
  • “Crossover”
  • Child performers and performance
  • Johansson
    as auteurs’ “muse”
  • Gender
    and Johansson as voice performer
  • Johansson’s
    action cinema stardom
  • Female
    celebrity and science-fiction cinema

Submission requirements:

Please send a 350 word abstract (excluding bibliography) with a title, 100-word bio, and contact information
by December 2nd, 2016.



Submission of abstract:
December 2nd, 2016

Notification of decisions: by
January 6th, 2017

Chapters due:
April 7th, 2017


Contact info:

Please send abstracts or enquiries to the editors via email at


Dr Janice Loreck (Monash University)

Dr Whitney Monaghan (Monash University)

Dr Kirsten Stevens (Monash University)


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