CFP: [Film] Adapting the Nineteenth Century: Revisiting, Revising and Rewriting the Past

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Jessica Cox
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‘The past is never dead. It’s not even past’
- William Faulkner

An interdisciplinary conference to be held at the University of Wales
Lampeter on August 22 - 24 2008

The nineteenth century continues to preoccupy modern thought, exerting its
influence upon contemporary film, art and literature, and the fascination
with the period shows no signs of diminishing. This conference seeks to
address the ongoing interest in and engagement with the history, culture,
literature and art of the nineteenth century, asking how our proclivity
for adapting the past impacts not only upon modern perspectives of this
period, but also upon the production of contemporary works.

Possible topics for papers/panels might include, but are not limited to:

• Television/stage/film adaptations of 19th century literary classics
• Hollywood and the literary film
• Audiences and adaptation
• Theories of adaptation/theorising adaptation
• Adaptation: commodification and commercialism
• New media and the nineteenth century
• The historical novel
• Neo-Victorian art/architecture/fiction
• Adapting women of the nineteenth century
• The nineteenth-century heritage industry
• The nineteenth century in popular culture: Dickensian Christmas;
Dickens World; Austen as self-help; the mythology of the nineteenth-
century monster etc.
• The influence of and contemporary response to nineteenth-century
thought: Darwinism; imperialism; spiritualism; feminism etc.

To express an interest in this event, ask to be placed on the mailing
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Abstracts should be 300-500 words, and should be accompanied by a short
biographical note.

Deadline for abstracts: 15th March 2008

Conference Organisers: Alexia Bowler, Jessica Cox

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