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Call for Papers

Montag, 10.01.2022

Taylor Sheridan's Wests (essay collection)

Paweł Pyrka (SWPS University Warsaw) Stefan Rabitsch (University of Graz/University of Warsaw) Anna Warso (SWPS University Warsaw) Nicolas S. Witschi (Western Michigan University are putting together an essay collection mapping and assessing the rapidly evolving oeuvre of Taylor Sheridan. Please find the full CFP for "Talyor Sheridan’s Wests" attached. 

Writing for Deadline in a piece conceived as a “Welcome to Taylor Sheridan’s universe,” Mike Fleming characterized the actor-turned-writer/director’s rapidly growing oeuvre as “a place different from any other in the Hollywood landscape.” What makes Sheridan and his television shows and movies ‘different’ is the simple fact that they are positioned in the current entertainment landscape as west of the rest.

The proposed book project seeks to assemble a collection of original contributions (6,000-8,000 words) which map and assess Taylor Sheridan’s Wests. We welcome equally proposals for works that pursue thematic through-lines cutting across Sheridan’s growing catalogue and for in-depth readings of individual movie and/or television titles. We invite proposals from scholars at all stages of their careers.

Possible topic areas and/or themes include but are by no means limited to:

★ Shedding light on the effects of the Necrocene/Capitalocene in the West

★ (Mis)representing Native American lifeworlds and sovereignty (e.g. Land Back discourses, the pathology of settler colonialism, etc.)

★ Excavating “flyover country” from mainstream neglect

★ Spatial liminalities: border crossings, border spaces, liminal characters

★ Post-West(ern) poetics, revisionist discourses, the appeal and pitfalls of western nostalgia

★ Tall tales, western humor, cowboy antics

★ Neo-pastoralism

★ Sheridan’s Wests as New-New American Gothic?

★ Sheridan’s “authenticity work” (e.g. livestock raising, husbandry, and horsemanship economies, sartorial aesthetics and accoutrements of Western life, firearms, extraction and surveillance technologies, etc.)

★ Ecocritical readings of Sheridan’s work (e.g. land ownership versus stewardship, humannon-human interfaces, etc.)

★ Masculinities, aging, toxic, redemptive, and otherwise

★ Ethics of law and/or justice

★ Violence and exploitation: abject spaces, bodies, and acts

★ Transmedia (f)ranchising and fandom: intersections between texts, paratexts (e.g. podcasts, aftershows, etc.), and invested audiences (e.g. Yellowstone fanfiction, social media, etc.)

★ Sonic Wests: soundscapes, soundtracks, etc.


If you are interested in proposing a chapter, please email an abstract of 500–700 words to taylorsheridanswests(at)gmail.com. Your abstract should outline your working thesis and briefly sketch the theoretical/methodological framework(s) within which your chapter will be situated. All submissions will be acknowledged. If you do not receive a confirmation of receipt within 48 hours, you may assume that your email fell prey to the vagaries of the world wide web. In that case, please resend your abstract. Please note that we will not include previously published essays in the collection.

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