A Call for Evangelion Essays

[via ANN]
Brian Ruh, the editor of Anime Research and author of “Stray Dog of Anime: The Films of Mamoru Oshii”, is putting together a collection of essays tenatively called “Terminal Dogma: Essays on Neon Genesis Evangelion”. That’s a pretty good title right there but there’s another interesting thing about this project: Ruh is soliciting submissions from not only academics, but also anime fans who haven’t done graduate work and such. The article lists a list of fifteen likely topics to covered although there may be a couple more if there are some good essays from off the list.

From the article:

Aspects covered by the chapters could include (but are certainly not limited to):

Psychoanalysis and Evangelion
Narrative structures of the TV series / films
The reception of Evangelion (both in Japan and in other countries)
Evangelion on DVD
The merchandising of Evangelion
Evangelion manga
Evangelion video games
The role of Evangelion in anime canon formation
Evangelion in the context of Hideaki Anno’s / Gainax’s other works
Evangelion’s references to previous anime
Music in Evangelion
Evangelion fanfiction / doujinshi
Animators / animation techniques in Evangelion
Evangelion fandom / websites / shrines
Language use / translating Evangelion

Final essays will be around 5000 words. Please send proposals of
500-700 words or completed essays as well as a brief CV / personal
bio to the editor at evabook[at]gmail.com
Deadline: December 31, 2006

I don’t think I could write 5000 words on Evangelion although a few topics that interest me are its role in anime canon formation, Eva on DVD, and merchandising. What would you be willing to write about Evangelion for published fame? Or about any other anime for that matter?


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