Call for papers: Portrayals of the Bride

Friday, 7 September 2018

Abstract proposals due by 30 November 2018 for the international edited collection entitled ‘Portrayals of the Bride in Screen, Stage and Literary Productions and Pop Culture Narratives.’

Dr Jo Parnell

The proposed collection of scholarly essays aims to explore ‘Portrayals of the Bride in Screen, Stage and Literary Productions and Pop Culture Narratives’. The bride is a central figure in the wedding ceremony, a ritual that symbolizes the psychological and real foundation of marriage and the sanctity of that union. From antiquity to the present, brides feature in stories, witticisms, anecdotes, jokes and in both high and low culture. The concept of the bride symbolizes the promise of renewal and growth of the family and is an important part of social and cultural history and ritual in all societies, world-wide, yet there are no published academic books on portrayals of the bride from the angle suggested in this cfp.

This collection of scholarly essays will make an intervention in the field. It will be the first of its kind to explore whether or not there are characteristic features and definitions within the portrayals of the bride in popular culture; to document and record how our western and non-western societies perceive and represent the socially and culturally important figure of the bride in screen, stage, and literary works and pop culture narratives; to indicate if there is agreement or difference between the various cultures on how the figure of the bride is represented in popular-culture to the audience; to establish a new and dynamic area of theoretical research in social history, gender studies, familial studies, cultural and social studies, behavioural studies, women’s studies, and the humanities in general; to point the way to possible future work in an ever-expanding field of cross-disciplinary fields through examining various portrayals of the bride in popular culture; and to permit scholarly consideration of the extent to which writers of screen, stage, literature and pop culture narratives establish popular representations of a figure who is an intrinsic part of every culture as a whole.

For full submission details and instructions please contact Dr Jo Parnell, Conjoint Research Fellow, School of Humanities and Social Science, Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle, Australia -

Deadline for abstracts: 30 November 2018.


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