Co-editors Heather M. Porter and Michael Starr invite proposals or completed essays for an edited collection of scholarly works that explore Joss Whedon’s science fiction television series Dollhouse (2009-2010). Though arguably Whedon’s most provocative foray into television, Dollhouse has thus far been subject to limited academic analysis in comparison to his other works, something this collection is aiming to redress. Indeed, Dollhouse’s meditations upon corporate control of the individual and female autonomy have grown ever more prevalent in the light of contemporary socio-political developments and the #metoo movement, and are hence ripe for further investigation.
Proposals should demonstrate not only a clear methodology and strong thesis but also a
familiarity with prior and current conversations and publications about the series, and the Whedonverse in general. The anticipated collection seeks to showcase a range of theoretical lenses; we are hence interested in a variety of topics as well as diverse disciplinary approaches. Though not prescriptive, it may be productive to consider the following list of topics:
Dollhouse and the #metoo movement
Recent controversy surrounding Joss Whedon’s feminism
The influence and legacy of Dollhouse on television (e.g. HBO’s Westworld)
Dollhouse and the current and expanding corporate influences on government
The construction of sexuality and/or gender
Queer identity and Theory
The Posthuman Body
The Dollhouse Comics
Philosophy and Ethics
Paratexts or production elements
We strongly recommend authors familiarize themselves with these publications to extend and/or challenge published analyses of the series:
Espenson, Jane, ed. Inside Joss’ Dollhouse: From Alpha To Rossum. Dallas, TX: Benbella,
Ginn, Sherry, Heather M. Porter and Alyson Buckman, eds. Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse:
Confounding Purpose, Confusing Identity. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.
All essays in the Dollhouse Issue of Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies
Association. Volume 8.2/3, Summer/Fall 2010.
Selected writings on Dollhouse in:
Ginn, Sherry. Power and Control in the Television Worlds of Joss Whedon. Jefferson, NC:
McFarland and Company, 2012.
Iatropoulos, Mary Ellen and Lowery A. Woodall III, eds. Joss Whedon and Race. Jefferson,
NC: McFarland and Company, 2016.
Kitchens, Juliette C. At Home in the Whedonverse: Essays on Domestic Place, Space and Life. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, 2017.
Waggoner, Erin B. Sexual Rhetoric in the Works of Joss Whedon. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, 2010.
The Whedonology Academic Whedon Studies Bibliography, available at:
Queries and Submissions:
Please send queries and abstracts for proposed chapter-length original work (350-500
words) to firstname.lastname@example.org (subject line: Dollhouse Collection).
Proposals should be submitted no later than September 1, 2018. Selected contributors will be notified by October 1, 2018. We suggest but do not require that proposals include a working bibliography. Please provide in a separate document or in the body of the email a brief author biography and selected list of prior publications/conference presentations. We are currently discussing the book proposal with a publisher who is very interested in the collection, hence are working on a production timeline which would tentatively allow the book a 2020 publication date.