CFP: Deconstructing Dolls: The Many Meanings of Girls’ Toys & Play

Book Title:

Deconstructing Dolls: The Many Meanings of Girls’ Toys & Play

Book Editor:

Miriam Forman-Brunell, Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City


Peter Lang Press
“Mediated Youth” series, edited by Sharon Mazzarella


Dolls are ubiquitous cultural forms that serve as central objects through which girlhoods everywhere are mediated, constructed, performed, negotiated, and contested. Deconstructing Dolls: The Many Meanings of Girls’ Toys and Play is the first scholarly collection that aims to shed collective light on the meanings of dolls in the lives of girls in the US and around the world. Dolls figure centrally, contextually, and comparatively in this international and interdisciplinary anthology of new doll studies research that ranges from the historical to the contemporary and the material to the virtual.

Call for Papers:

The editor seeks essays that expand scholarly inquiry about dolls and doll players across topical, theoretical, evidentiary, methodological, material, disciplinary, national, historiographic, generational, and/or other boundaries, borders, and categories (e.g., race, age, gender, class, caste, ethnicity, sexuality, etc.). Of particular interest are essays that focuson dolls and/or doll players outside the U.S.

Submission & Notifications:

Authors should send a 250-word proposal, brief bibliography, CV, and contact information to: Miriam Forman-Brunell at by August 1, 2012. Authors will be notified by August 15, 2012. Essays—between 7,000 – 9,000 words (including references)—will be due February 1, 2013.