Call for book chapter proposals: Portrayals of teachers

Call for Chapter Abstracts/Proposals


Co-edited by Diane Conrad & Monica Prendergast


Portrayals of teachers and teaching in stage plays and in film abound. Plays and films advertently or inadvertently comment on the state of education, reflect upon how teachers teach, how students respond to school and influence popular opinion. This edited anthology brings together scholars in education to seriously reflect upon such portrayals of education, teaching and teachers as presented in plays and film.

      Part One of the collection focuses on the various dramatic portrayals of teachers in plays or film with chapter authors in the fields of drama/theatre education and/or applied theatre. Taking on reflective practitioner positions, and using a performance analysis approach, these authors will explore their own sense of themselves as ‘performing’ teaching. Each author will select a play or film that features a teacher as a central character and enter into dialogue with its representation of teachers as: heroes out to fix a broken educational system; villains and bullies who are incapable of reaching students or who abuse their power-over positions; ridiculous clowns and figures of fun, not to be taken seriously at all; or more humane and complex individuals that counter the two-dimensional characters too often presented.

      Part Two will take a cultural studies or curriculum studies approach in looking at portrayals of education and teachers in film as cultural objects open for analysis and commentary on educational or social conditions. Given that education is an experience or practice in which we are all, in one way or another, implicated, it has significance for how we live our lives and more specifically how teachers teach. Chapter authors for this section will each select a play or film and drawing on relevant theories – cultural, sociological, psychological, educational, explore and analyze the contexts, issues, and character studies presented in the play or film to help us better understand the social phenomena implicated.

Call for Chapter Proposals

This anthology—co-edited by Dr. Diane Conrad (University of Alberta) and Dr. Monica Prendergast (University of Victoria)— has been accepted for publication by Intellect Books. We are seeking abstract proposals for book chapters (approx. 300 words) indicating which film or stage play you will be referencing (one only, please), and how your chapter fits with the goals of either Part One or Part Two of the book as described above. The chapters for the book will be a maximum length of 3000 words (excluding references).

Our anticipated timeline is as follows:

  • Abstract proposals due by December 15th, 2016   
  • Responses to proposals and invitations to submit by March 1st, 2017
  • Completed chapters submitted by June 1st, 2017
  • Completed manuscript to Intellect by October 31st, 2017
  • Responses from the publisher are expected by January 30th, 2018
  • Publication of the book anticipated by Fall 2018

Please submit your proposals by December 15, 2016 to Contact the editors at that e-mail address with any questions.

Films and stage plays you might consider writing about include: Freedom Writers, Stand and Deliver, Blackboard Jungle, Dead Poets Society, Educating Rita, Pygmalion, Election, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Wave, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Lesson, Oleanna, The History Boys, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All For You, Hamlet II, Bad Teacher, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Dangerous Minds, Whiplash, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Up the Down Staircase, Precious, Monsieur Lazhar, The Class, School of Rock, Matilda, In and Out, Mean Girls, Election…

Below are a few links to articles and books looking at the topic of teachers in film that might inspire you.

Tucson Weekly

New York Times

Paste Magazine

Top 10 movies about teachers U Alberta Illuminate e-magazine

Hollywood Goes to High School by Robert C. Bulman

The Hollywood Curriculum: Teachers in the Movies by Mary M. Dalton

We look forward to receiving your chapter proposals.

 Diane and Monica

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