Rewriting Traditional Literature: Transformations of Fairy Tales, Folklore, and the Unearthed Undead, 5/15/10; 11/5-7

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South Atlantic Modern Language Association/Children's Literature Discussion Circle
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Textual adaptations of traditional literatures have long been written and discussed. Recent incarnations, such as Disney's film The Princess and the Frog (2009) or Michael Buckley's The Sisters Grimm series illustrate our continued fascination with such literatures. Other authors, such as Ryan C. Thomas with The Undead World of Oz or W. Bill Czolgosz and his text Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Zombie Jim, have chosen to dig deep into the tales of the undead to breathe new life into such stories. This panel seeks to explore the transformations such tales have undergone and how such retellings impact the lore regarding such works. In keeping with the conference theme, "Interplay between Image and Text," essays that engage adaptations into video game, comic book, graphic novel, and/or film formats are particularly encouraged, though all papers that address the above concerns are welcomed. Papers addressing retellings from all time periods, not just those pertaining to contemporary adaptations, are also sought.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

Magic-uses, belief in/practice of, access to such power
Gendered spaces and performance of gender
Revisions of "powers" of the undead/supernatural
Myth and spirituality
The impact of colonialism/the colonized
Lost adaptations
Rewritten texts for older/younger audiences

Inquiries and/or abstracts of 250-300 words may be sent to Amberyl Malkovich at by May 15th, 2010.