Organization: Northeast Modern Language Association
CFP: The Power of Adaptation for Unlocking Literary Texts
Northeast Modern Languages Association annual convention, Baltimore, MD, March 10-13, 2022
Submission Deadline: September 30, 2021 through the NeMLA portal
Literary scholars and literature instructors have often traditionally evaluated adaptations of classic literary works as somehow inferior to the original text. This perception is linked to the notion central to adaptation studies that visual and film media, for example, must justify their level of quality, with print literature occupying the superior aesthetic spot. Additionally, literary purists would argue that adaptations not only simplify the originals but also reduce the opportunities for individual interpretations, especially in the case of film or comic adaptations with their visual dimension.
This panel seeks to highlight the aesthetic quality and pedagogical value of literary adaptations, arguing that the study of literary adaptations actually invites a larger range of interpretations and provides broader access to linguistically and contextually challenging original literary classics.
Possible topics could include but are not limited to:
the positive application of literary adaptations in literature courses
comic and/or film adaptations in dialogue with original texts
literary adaptations as supplementary and not necessarily contradictory to original texts
theorizing visual narratives/interpretations of literature
literary adaptations as aesthetically rich works in their own rights
Please submit abstracts of up to 300 words by September 30, 2021 through the NeMLA portal: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/19487
NOTE: The abstract portal will be open from June 15, 2021 until September 30, 2021.
Lynn Marie Kutch, Ph.D.
Professor of German
Director, Hildesheim Exchange Program
Coordinator of Undergraduate Research and Creativity