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Calls for Papers, Longmire Appreciation

Here are a couple of Calls for Papers that may be of interest.

- From Here to Hogwarts is a proposed interdisciplinary, multi-contributer volume born of the burgeoning field of Harry Potter Studies and the community of collaborators that is developing within the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association. Read more here.

- Joss Whedon's Comics: Essays on any aspect of Whedon’s comics are welcome. Read more here.

And here's a thoughtful piece on one of my favorite current television series, Longmire: "Longmire Shattering Expectations for Procedural Television."

An excerpt: "The legacy of the western frontiersman chases and embraces dominance: dominance over the land, over the indigenous Cheyenne and Lakota peoples, as well as over Longmire’s own family. It is a paternalistic legacy that honors an alpha-masculinity, whose power can only be maintained by dwarfing all others. Instead of fully embracing this tradition, Walt Longmire represents an alternative. He inherits only that which is noble within this tradition, while working to mend the callously inflicted wounds perpetrated by those that fully embrace it....

"We tend to forget that when perpetrators commit crimes, they take. When thieves rob they do not just take nice cars and expensive jewelry, but they often take from the identities of their victims, distort reality, invade memories, seize happiness, and hold it for ransom. Longmire explores the crippling sorrow of reconciling with such grief, and the value in seeking resolution."

Here, have a scene (in which the literature-loving Longmire gets his Iliad on).


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Jul. 15th, 2014 03:03 am (UTC)
I never really looked at Longmire from that perspective before, but that makes a lot of sense the way they frame it.
Jul. 17th, 2014 08:38 pm (UTC)
Yes! I thought so, too. I love it when a good analysis helps you appreciate things in a new way. And there's lots to appreciate about Longmire!

Edited at 2014-07-17 08:39 pm (UTC)
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