Transnational Adaptation

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association

NeMLA 2020 panel: Transnational Adaptation

Boston, March 5-8


            This panel invites papers about film adaptations that explicitly or implicitly question the concept of a culturally and linguistically homogeneous nation-state. By definition, the study of adaptation--whether of books to films, films to films, or in other modes and across other media platforms--provides opportunities for examining every aspect of transnationalism. Obvious forms include films based on canonical literary works of any country that are made for “foreign” or international audiences, where the setting of the literary work is interpreted or represented for a non-native audience. Others include commercial or “art” remakes of films and television series, any works in which the theme of adaptation is foregrounded because of immigration or travel. All works highlighting concepts of nation, national boundaries, and ideologies of exclusion based on race, history or cultural identity, whether set in the past or present, will be of interest, especially as they address a range of audiences or are themselves adapted to cross borders.


Papers should be submitted through the website of the Northeast Modern Language Association ( . Click on “Convention” in the menu across the top, then on  “Abstract Proposal Deadline: September 30, 2019” for detailed instructions on submission. ( )

William Mooney 

Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY)

Bill Mooney is chairperson of the Film, Media, and Performing Arts department at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Publications include Dashiell Hammett and the Movies, Rutgers University Press, 2014, and, most recently, the article “From All about Eve (1950) to Clouds of Sils Maria (2014): Adapting a Classic Paradigm,” LFQ, Summer 2017. He is currently completing on a book for the Palgrave Macmillan series, Studies on Adaptation in Visual Culture.