UPDATE: [Film] NeMLA: Televisual Remakes

full name / name of organization: 
Julie Flynn
contact email: 

*Deadline Extended to September 30th.*

There is a repeated line on the new Battlestar Galactica that goes “All
this has happened before and will happen again.”

Television in the last twenty years has started to do what film has been
doing throughout its history--remaking old material. This has been
occurring at an increasing rate in American and British television. Some
programs (such as Queer as Folk, The Office, and Ugly Betty) simply
transplant a popular foreign series into a more familiar location for their
audiences. However that transplantation, along with a longer run, alters
the overall narrative and sometimes the “essence” of the show. Others (like
Battlestar Galactica, Little House on the Prairie, and The Bionic Woman)
take shows that have an existing fanbase and update them for a contemporary
audience. In either case, the series are inherently intertextual and bring
the “reality” or “canonicity” of the shows into question. More than this,
the remakes may be representative of a postmodern need to reinvest or
reinvent history and the history of television.

This panel will explore the various narrative strategies of these programs
and the way in which they address their original versions. What do these
remakes say about the cultures that produce them? Are these shows
indicative of any obsession with history? What are the intertextual
implications of the narratives? What narrative techniques do the shows
employ that differ from those of “original” series? Send 500 word proposals
to Julie Flynn at wrtginstruktor_at_gmail.com

40th Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

Feb. 26-March 1, 2009

Hyatt Regency - Boston, Massachusetts

Call for Papers now available online:

Celebrating 40 years!

A regional MLA, NeMLA offers a vibrant yet more intimate conference
experience. The 2009 Call for Papers in Boston features almost 350
sessions, covering all aspects of scholarship and teaching in the modern
languages and literatures. Special events will include presentations, Ha
Jin (Boston University) and John Stauffer (Harvard University) and events
with Boston University's Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center and the
American Antiquarian Society.

Deadline for most session: September 30, 2008

Please include with your abstract:

Name and Affiliation

Email address

Postal address

Telephone number

A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee)

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA panel;
however panelists can only present one paper. Convention participants may
present a paper at a panel or seminar and also present at a creative
session or participate in a roundtable.

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