"Staging the Novel" (ASECS 2014 session)

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Panel session at the 45th annual ASECS meeting (March 20, 2014 – March 22, 2014, Williamsburg, VA)

"Staging the Novel" Erik L. Johnson, Stanford U., Dept. of English, 450 Serra Mall, Building 460, Room 201, Stanford, CA 94305; Tel: (203) 543-3972; Fax: (650) 725-0755; E-mail: erikj09@stanford.edu

Many Restoration and eighteenth-century prose fictions led a double life, whether catapulted to notoriety by a theatrical version like Oroonoko or less successfully adapted as in Nathaniel Lee's marriage play version of La Princesse de Clèves. This panel seeks conference papers of standard length (15–20 minutes) exploring what happens to novels and prose fictions when they are dramatized during the Restoration and eighteenth century. Papers might ask: What relations did contemporaries see between dramatic theory and the theory of fiction? Was the spectator of a play expected or encouraged to have prior acquaintance with the source text? Is the process of generic transfer analogous to, or completely different from, the treatment of Shakespeare's plays as novelistic material later in the century by Lennox and others? In selecting papers, the chair will aim to balance graduate student with faculty work and presenters focused on fiction with those focused on drama.

Deadline: Sunday, September 15.
Instructions: Submit abstracts for papers to erikj09@stanford.edu (250 words suggested maximum).
Proposals for papers should be sent directly to the seminar chairs no later than 15 September 2013. Please include your telephone and fax numbers and e-mail address. You should also let the session chair know of any audio-visual needs and special scheduling requests. We actively encourage presentations by younger and untenured scholars.

For full conference and organization info see http://asecs.press.jhu.edu