CFP: Keira Knightley and Jane Austen (9/24/06; BWWC, 4/12/07-4/15/07)

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Dr. Jen Camden
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British Women Writers Conference
University of Kentucky, April 12-15th
Deadline: September 24th
(Working) Panel Title: Keira Knightley and Jane Austen: The New Pride
and Prejudice

Jane Austen?s novels are the subjects of numerous film adaptations.
Pride and Prejudice appears particularly prone to adaptation. There
have been at least four major films based directly on Austen?s novel,
and numerous ?spin-offs,? including Bridget Jones Diary and Bride and
Prejudice. This proposed panel for the 2007 British Women Writers
Conference solicits papers focusing on the most recent adaptation of
Pride and Prejudice: the 2005 Focus Features film starring Keira
Knightley and Matt MacFayden.

The film garnered the attention and praise of film critics and the
Academy, earning Keira Knightley glowing reviews and a nomination for
Best Actress. The scholarly reception of the film has been far more
mixed and limited, and often considers the film in the context of
other Austen adaptations, especially the 1995 Colin Firth/Jennifer
Ehle BBC/ A&E production. We encourage submissions that offer
careful, critical and theoretically informed readings of the 2005
Focus Features production in keeping with the BWWC theme, ?Speaking
With Authority.? See their website for more details:

Please submit a brief paper proposal and c.v. to Jen Camden by
September 24th via e-mail:

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