CfP: Essays on DC’s Harley Quinn

Stichtag: 05.11.2015

When Harley Quinn was added to the official comic book canon in 1993, it marked an unusual instance where an animated series for children influenced the comic books.  Since her first appearance on “Batman: The Animated Series”, Harley has since captured the hearts and imaginations of millions of fans, and her popularity continues to grow.  With the coming Suicide Squad movie and a stand-alone comic title, now is the perfect timing for an academic look at the character.  This book, published by McFarland & Co., aims to shine a brighter spot light on the character of Harley Quinn as a complex figure in her own right.

The editors are seeking proposals for essays dealing with all aspects of the character of Harley Quinn. Topics can include but are not limited to the following:

  • Harley Quinn and representations of domestic violence
  • Gender Issues/Feminist Theory in Harley Quinn related comics, TV shows
  • Sexuality Issues such as “non-monogamy”, “bisexual subtext” in Harley Quinn related comics, TV shows
  • Harley Quinn in comparison with other members of the Rogues Gallery
  • Harley Quinn’s history (including different representations) and the effect on popular culture

Please submit a 200-500 word abstract by November 5, 2015 to Shelley Barba,

If a proposal is accepted, final essays will be due March 15, 2016. Final approval for inclusion in the book will be in June 2016.

Contact Info: 
Shelley Barba, Texas Tech University
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