Washington Irving and Film (ALA 2020)

deadline for submissions: 
January 15, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
The Washington Irving Society
contact email: 

The Washington Irving Society invites proposals for any topic related to film adaptations of Irving’s biography and texts. Because we continue to celebrate the 200th anniversary of The Sketch Book (1819-1820), dramatizations of stories from the collection, such as “Rip Van Winkle,” “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” and the Christmas stories, are welcomed, but we open the panel to analyses of other texts and representations of Irving as well. From Joseph Jefferson (1829-1905) as Rip Van Winkle on the silent screen to Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow (1999) and the more recent television show “Sleepy Hollow” (2013-2017), interpretations of Irving vary dramatically, and we hope to explore what has entertained audiences for more than a century.


Please submit your 250 to 300-word abstract and a brief bio to Dr. Sean Keck at skeck@radford.edu by Wednesday, January 15, 2020.


For further information about the American Literature Association’s 2020 conference, to be held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, May 21-24, please consult the ALA website: https://americanliteratureassociation.org/ala-conferences/ala-annual-conference/. For more information about the Washington Irving Society, please see www.washingtonirvingsociety.org.