Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies - Special Issue on Villains

This issue of the Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies seeks to explore the political, social, and cultural significations of "evil" (and its corollary: the "good") via a critical analysis of the fluid, mutable figure of the "villain," aiming to examine its construction and its existence in the world.

A few possible perspectives for the study of the villain are:

  • The villain as the "natural" being
  • The villain as the sacrificial other
  • The villain as a figure that defies representation
  • The villain as hero
  • The villain as non-existent
  • The villain as a personification of evil
  • The villain as Doppelgänger
  • Diverse approaches to this topic are welcomed and actively encouraged. Possible lenses through which to view the "villain" include, but are not limited to, cultural, film and literary studies, political theory, law and legal theory, studies of colonialism and nationalism, post-humanism, religious studies, economics, visual arts, communication and media studies, and popular culture. We invite submissions from critical and ethnographic scholars across all disciplines.

    Please submit two (2) printed copies and one by email by May 6, 2011 to the

    Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies
    English Department
    308 English-Philosophy Building
    University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

    Contact with any questions or to send submissions.

    We prefer essays no longer than 9,000 words, MLA format. Please keep discursive endnotes to a minimum.

    The Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies is a peer-reviewed publication edited by graduate students that mixes traditional approaches and contemporary interventions in the interdisciplinary humanities and interpretive social sciences.