Re-visioning: Isn’t there already a film version of this book?

full name / name of organization: 
NeMLA 2012, Rochester, NY, March 15-18
contact email: 
emily.lauer@gmail.com

Conference Panel:
Television and comics serials get ‘rebooted’ and filmic versions of classics pile up in seemingly endless succession. Re-adaptations must acknowledge the visual heritage of the adaptations that came before them, while also asserting some sort of uniqueness - a return to the source text or a resituating in time and space: an ‘update.’ This panel will interrogate the need for such re-imaginings. What makes a character or world ripe for re-envisioning, and what shapes the way that re-envisioning occurs?

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Muppet versions of Treasure Island or Christmas Carol
The multiple filmic versions of Jane Austen novels
Dr. Who
Contemporaneous canonical versions of superheroes
Battlestar Galactica
Illustration history through multiple editions of a text
book-film-novelization of film chronologies

Please send 300-word abstracts to emily.lauer@gmail.com with "re-visioning" in the subject line by September 30.
Conference Information: http://www.nemla.org/convention/2012/

cfp categories: 
american
bibliography_and_history_of_the_book
childrens_literature
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
film_and_television
popular_culture
theory
twentieth_century_and_beyond