Call for Papers
The Comics of R. Crumb: Underground in the Art Museum
The Comics of R. Crumb: Underground in the Art Museum is a proposed volume in the Critical Approaches to Comics Artists book series at the University Press of Mississippi. This volume will contain an array of critical essays on the comics of R. Crumb, one of the most influential and celebrated, yet controversial, comics artists, and one who has been the subject of relatively little academic study to date. Essays from many disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives are welcome, including critical approaches from comics studies, art history, critical race and ethnic studies, cultural studies, design studies, disability studies, film studies, gender and sexuality studies, literary studies, history, museum studies, music studies, and others.
Essays that address the following topics are especially welcome:
Crumb’s Significance and Canonization in Comics Studies
Crumb and Autobiographical/Confessional Comics
The Politics of Crumb’s Comics, Underground Comics, and the Counterculture
Racial and Racist Caricature in Crumb’s Comics
Gender, Sexuality, and Perversion in Crumb’s Comics
Periodical Studies and Print Culture Approaches to Crumb’s Work
Crumb’s Collaborative Work with Aline Kominsky Crumb, Harvey Pekar, and Others
Crumb’s Editorial Work in Underground Comics
Museum and Gallery Exhibitions of Crumb’s Art and Illustrations
Crumb’s Commercial Illustrations and/as Comics Culture
Music Performance, Record Collecting, and Music History
Posters, Record Covers, Stickers, Tattoos, and Other Illustrated Objects
Film Adaptations of Crumb’s Comics
Representations of Crumb in Documentary Films
Crumb’s Influence on Contemporary Art, Comics, Design, and Literature
Please send a 250-500 word abstract, CV, and contact information to Daniel Worden at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15, 2018.
Accepted abstracts will be used in a formal book prospectus, and the deadline for full-length essays will be negotiated shortly thereafter.