"Adaptations, Versions and Perversions: French Theatre and English Playwrights (19th-21st Century)" 1-2 December 2011

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Ignacio Ramos Gay / Universidad de Valencia (Spain)
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Adaptations, Versions and Perversions:
French Theatre and English Playwrights (19th-21st Century)

Facultad de Filología, Traducción y Comunicación
Universidad de Valencia
(1-2 December 2011)

The conference aims to explore the presence of French plays and players in England, and their influence upon native dramatists, critics and actors. By means of scrutinising English adaptations of French plays and their critics' and audiences' reception, it intends to illustrate the economic, aesthetic and political tensions emerging and crystallising between England and France since the nineteenth century.

Thursday, December 1st

10.30 h. Prof. Kate Newey
University of Birmingham
"Not as Good as the Book? Victorian Theatre and Adaptation"

12.00 h. Dr. Sos Eltis
Brasenose College, Oxford University
"English Decency and French Immorality: The Public, the Censor and the Victorian Stage"

16.30 h. Dr. Mireia Aragay
Universitat de Barcelona
"Crossing Borders: From the State of the Nation to Globalisation in Contemporary British Theatre"

18.00 h. Prof. Lydia Vázquez
Universidad de País Vasco
"Laclos, Hampton: Esprit francés, wit inglés"

Friday, December 2nd

10.00 h. Dr. Caroline Bertonèche
Université de Grenoble
"The (Amphi)theatre of Arts and Sciences: Staging Medical Discovery and Performance from France to England"

11.30 h. Dr. Marianne Drugeon
Université de Montpellier
"Beckett's Theatre: Translating and Adapting One's Own Work"

16.00 h. Dr. Juli Leal
Universitat de València
"Occupe-toi de Feydeau !"

17.30 h. Alexander Herold
Stage Director
"French Farce or Sex Comedy: A Practical Guide to the Limitations of Franglais"


The conference will be held at the Facultad de Filología, Traducción y Comunicación (Avenida Blasco Ibáñez 32, Valencia).

Organizing Committee

Ignacio Ramos Gay, Miguel Teruel, Juan-Vicente Martinez-Luciano, Claude Benoit

The conference is sponsored by the Research Project "El teatro francés en Gran-Bretaña: Adaptación, transnacionalidad y autoría teatral (UV-INV-AE11-42467)


Attendance is free. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the conference. For registration, please send an email to Ignacio.Ramos@uv.es prior to Tuesday 29th of November

Webpage: http://adaptations-conference.blogspot.com