Children's Literature and Adaptation (Proposed Panel at IRSCL Congress 2017)

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IRSCL (International Research Society for Children’s Literature) Congress 2017
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In her second edition of Theory of Adaptation (2013), critic Linda Hutcheon presents a refreshingly new approach to adaptation, one that examines adaptive versions "laterally, not vertically" (xv), rather than one that privileges the source text. For Hutcheon, adaptation is both "process" and "product" of creation and reception, and the potential for change is endless, the life-giving possibilities of the adaptation infinite. With the adaptation of children's texts across a number of different platforms continually occurring, this approach to adaptation is exciting because it recognizes the richness of all adaptations, no matter how radically they differ from the source text, because of the exciting dialogues that these adaptations are involved in with each other. Hutcheon's approach is particularly useful when thinking, for example, about the illustrations that Dave McKean first produced of Neil Gaiman's novel The Graveyard Book (2008), as well as the eight distinct visual adaptations that make up the graphic novel version of the text (P. Craig Russell 2014), not to mention the full-length feature film that is currently in process and set to be released in 2016. Hutcheon reminds her readers that, thanks to the complexities of new media and the new platforms on which stories are now available, adaptation is always a collective process, moving from a "solo model of creation to a collaborative one" (80).

This session invites proposals for individual papers on the topic of children's literature and adaptation. Although consideration will be given to proposals that examine the adaptation of literature to film, the panel organizer is particularly interested in receiving proposals that think about other, more varied adaptations of children's literature across different media platforms.

Please send brief author bios and abstracts of 250 words to Alison Halsall ( no later than August 1, 2016.