The Stage and the Comics Page: Graphic Adaptations of Plays, Theatrical Adaptations of Comics

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast MLA 2019, March 21-24
contact email: 

This panel seeks papers that explore adaptations from comics into theater, or from theater into comics. Whether comics adaptations of classic plays, or celebrated graphic narratives that get adapted for the musical stage, the interplay between the stage and the comics page is rich and multi-directional, as both are visual narratives, with very different points of access and methods of meaning-making. The ill-fated Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark may not have much in common with a graphic novelization of Oscar Wilde’s Salome, for instance, but they share an attempt to grapple with the intersection of the two media.  

The papers might focus on medium specificity in each form; changes in status of high to low culture, or broad to niche appeal; any of the aspects of each “wave” of adaptation studies as posited by Thomas Leitch; performativity, or some other theoretical framework. NeMLA 2019 will be in Washington DC, March 21-24.  Learn more about NeMLA here: http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention.html 

Submit abstract of 300 words by September 30 here: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/17233

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Emily Lauer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Suffolk County Community College
Islip Arts 2K, Ammerman Campus
533 College Road
Selden, NY 11784

lauere@sunysuffolk.edu