Film Authorship and Adaptation

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association

Fidelity to the original author, long a subject of debate for viewers of film adaptations of books, encounters a particular challenge when the adapter is also an author, exerting comparable claims to creative and expressive control. This panel explores the rivalry always inherent in such a situation, as well as in film remakes where the original and the copy contend for artistic prestige. Submissions are welcome on all such contentious pairings, as well as papers asserting an implicit authorial claim for studio adaptations or authorial appropriations of narratives of uncertain origin.


Papers should be submitted through the Northeast Modern Language website:  Click “Convention” and “Call for Abstracts. (Direct link: )


Bill Mooney is chairperson of the Film, Media, and Performing Arts department at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. His most recent publication is Adaptation and the New Art Film: Remaking the Classics in the Twilight of Cinema (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021)