Call for Book Chapters

Scoring Laughs.
Styles and Functions of Music in Comedy Cinema
Edited by Emile Wennekes and Emilio Audissino

Historically, the examination and theorisation of the use of music in films has addressed its presence in dramas – ‘serious’ films – while fewer accounts are available on what types of music is utilised in comedies and what functions it performs. The lack of scholarly attention, can also be due to the fact that comedies, having to deal with laughter and lighter situations instead of the graver and more existentially compelling narratives of dramas. This collection of essays aims at investigating the presence, nature, and function of music in the comedy film from fresh perspectives, in order to contribute to a re-evaluation of film-music studies by casting more light on the more neglected comedic department. The book, also because of its Film Studies/Musicology editorial duo, aims at adopting an interdisciplinary approach.

Palgrave MacMillan has expressed a strong interest for the project, which will be featured in their series ‘Palgrave Studies in Audiovisual Culture’ (Series Editor, K. J. Donnelly). We are preparing a formal book proposal, and we are now looking for submissions in the form of 300-word abstract. The final chapters should have a length in-between 5,000/6,000 words.

- Deadline for abstract submission: 1 November 2019.
- Communication of selected contributors: 31 December 2019.

For details: see

Please send your 300-word abstract (also indicating an estimate of the number of illustrations/figures you would plan to include, if any) plus a 150-word bio to both e.wennekes -at and emilio.audissino -at- by 1 November 2019.


Audissino, Emilio. 2017. Film/Music Analysis. A Film Studies Approach. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.

Evans, Mark and Hayward, Philip (eds.). 2016. Sounding Funny: Sound and Comedy Cinema. Sheffield: Equinox Publishing.

Giuffre, Liz and Hayward, Philip (eds.). 2017. Music in Comedy Television: Notes on Laughs. Abingdon/New York: Routledge.

Lehman, Frank. 2018. Hollywood Harmonies. Musical Wonder and the Sound of Cinema. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press.

Lockner, Jim. 2018. The Music of Charlie Chaplin. Jefferson NC: McFarland & Company.

Mills, Brett. 2009. The Sitcom. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 

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