“Billy in the Darbies...and on Page, Stage, and Screen: Adaptations of Herman Melville’s Billy Budd” MLA Jan. 2011, Los Angeles

full name / name of organization: 
Lyrica Society for Word-Music Relations
contact email: 
DrJSDailey@aol.com and jf284@georgetown.edu

“Billy in the Darbies...and on Page, Stage, and Screen: Adaptations of Herman Melville’s Billy Budd”
A Panel Cosponsored by the Melville Society and Lyrica Society

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of Benjamin Britten’s opera _Billy Budd_, this collaborative panel seeks 4–5 papers (of about 10 minutes each) examining Melville’s Billy Budd vis-à-vis various adaptations of it—musical, cinematic, visual, and the like. What is at stake when adapting a literary work into a different medium? Are the expectations different with an unfinished work? Does Britten's revision of the opera improve it? How does Britten weave together the words and music for emphasis? How might one teach Billy Budd in conjunction with one or more adapted works? How can considering Billy Budd enable one to understand other adaptations of Melville’s work? Is there an ideal way to adapt Melville’s last, unfinished work?

Send proposals of 150 words to Jeff Dailey (DrJSDailey@aol.com) and Joseph Fruscione (jf284@georgetown.edu) by March 15, 2009.

cfp categories: 
american
film_and_television
theatre
twentieth_century_and_beyond