REMINDER: Adaptation and the Novel

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Keele University
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j.e.taylor@keele.ac.uk, n.p.seager@keele.ac.uk

Adaptation and the Novel

Saturday 9 November 2013, Keele University

Organisers: Jo Taylor and Nick Seager

Plenary lectures by Rachel Carroll (Teeside University) and Sarah Wootton (Durham University)

Are novels tainted or legitimated in the process of adaptation? What aesthetic challenges and opportunities does the transition of a story from one genre to another present? And in what cultural, commercial, and artistic contexts have processes or adaptation and appropriation taken place?

This one-day conference invites proposals for 20-minute papers addressing any aspect of adaptation and the novel, from the origins of the genre to the present day. Papers may choose to address one of the following topics:

Adaptations of prose fiction to the screen (big and small)
The novel’s presence on the stage – in drama, dance, musicals, and opera
Textual histories and amendments (abridgement, continuation, translation, rewritings)
Novels’ visual afterlives, from high art to cartoons, graphic novels, and video games
The appropriations of novels in fictional reworkings (from The Swiss Family Robinson to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies)
The production and reception of adaptations
The relationship of ‘literary’ forms to ‘popular’ cultural ones
Adaptations for different age groups
Appropriations across national and cultural boundaries
Adaptations of other genres into prose fiction
Theories of adaptation, as these relate to the novel
The creative practice of adapting to or from the novel

This is far from an exhaustive list and we are open to approaches that engage with adaptation and the novel in literal or in more abstract senses. We are eager to receive proposals that address Anglophone and non-Anglophonenovels, and which reflect the long history of efforts to adapt the novel, efforts which are surely as old as the genre itself and which continue to this day.

Please send a proposal of 300–500 words by 13 September 2013 to j.e.taylor@keele.ac.uk & n.p.seager@keele.ac.uk. Informal enquiries are also welcome. We will notify applicants of the decision on their paper as soon as possible after the deadline, but can possibly also offer earlier notification if you request this.

Two bursaries of £50 are available for current postgraduate students giving a paper, which will defray travel or accommodation costs. Please indicate when you send your proposal that you wish to be considered for these and include a 200-word ‘statement of need’ (specify any current or past funding and any financial support you have received for attending this conference).

The registration fee is £10, which covers lunch and refreshments (the fee is waived for Keele postgraduate students).

For further details and updates, please see the website.

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