CFP: International Conference Screening English Classics: Methods and Strategies in Film Adaptation (PORTUGAL)

CFP: International Conference Screening English Classics: Methods and Strategies in Film Adaptation

Venue: Faculty of Letters, Univ. Lisbon, Portugal

Date: 26-27 Feb 2014.

Deadline: 30th November 2013

Abstracts and bionote to be sent to: screeningenglishclassics

Further info: http://screeningenglishclassics.wordpress.com (full info available soon)

This one-day conference aims at contributing to the development of the recently created research field of Adaptation Studies, which is currently enlarging its boundaries and influence in British and American Universities, with researchers drawn from literature and film backgrounds.

The existence of an International Association of Adaptation Studies (De Montfort University, Leicester, U.K.), which hosts the journal Adaptation (Oxford University Press) is a signal of the growing importance of this field in academic circles, underlining the potentialities of adaptation in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary dimensions.

We are very pleased to inform that the editors of the above mentioned journal have kindly accepted our invitation and will be Keynote Speakers in the Conference: Deborah Cartmell (De Monfort University, Leicester, U.K.) and Timothy Corrigan (Pennsylvania University, U.S.A.).

Even though Adaptation Studies tends nowadays to broaden its scope of research to include diverse forms of intersemiotic and intermedial adaptations (namely non-literary forms into other media), the main focus of interest is still the adaptation of literary texts to film. It is within this vein that the Conference addresses approaches relating to the screening of English literary classics (novels, short-stories or plays), thereby offering an opportunity to theorise and to interrogate the phenomenon of literature on screen (cinema and TV) from both a literary and a film studies perspective.

It is worthwhile mentioning the fact that there have been numerous adaptations of English classics not only in Britain and other European countries, but in the United States as well, which allows for a comparative study and a cultural critique focused on diverse contexts of film production. The Conference therefore welcomes papers in English with theoretical apparatus and/or specific case-studies, in which the methods and strategies of film adaptation may be highlighted and also related to historical and cultural contexts.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is the 30th November 2013. Abstracts must be accompanied by a brief bionote and sent to: screeningenglishclassics.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee

Maria Isabel Barbudo, ULICES/Department of English, FLUL

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