Journeys, Detours, Breakdowns
The 2015 Film & History Conference

CFP: Adaptation

Adaptation occurs at a variety of levels, and with variety in prestige. Many academic studies focus on the quality of the screenplay developed from an original text, or the fidelity of the adaptation to the original, while others focus only on the final product, but rarely do studies concentrate on how a director adapts a screenplay to a shot list, or a shooting script, in order to put his or her mark on their work. Some studies have discounted all adaptations if not from works within the canon, while others only search for historical inconsistencies, neither valuing the final product as much as the original.

This area invites papers on any area of adaptation, but in particular those focusing on the journeys of specific adaptors, as they develop their personal style of interpretation of an original—the beginnings of the intertextuality of their styles. Part of this journey involves an adaptor’s past history, and development of the qualities that make them unique—those qualities that give them the notoriety that sets them apart from others, and, with that notoriety, the freedom to freely form their own interpretations. In film, for example, all directors adapt screenplays, but there is a difference in simply developing a shot list and in having the ability to adapt a bare-bones screenplay into an emotionally revealing drama through cinematographic superiority.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Proposals for complete panels (three related presentations) are also welcome, but they must include an abstract and contact information, including an e-mail address, for each presenter. For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website (

Please e-mail your 200-word proposal by June 1, 2015, to the area chair:

Chuck Hamilton
Northeast Texas Community College


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