Call For Proposals for NeMLA 2015 panel:
Adapting the Bard in 21st-Century Visual Culture
How and why does Shakespeare matter in the 21st century? Belonging to both ‘high brow’ and ‘low brow’ culture, his plays have always functioned as an important site of cultural [re]production. Merely mentioning his name today signifies esoteric intellectualism and artistic excellence, despite a history of pop-cultural and commercial success that perennially ensures even illiterate audiences can enjoy Shapespearean products and performances. His popularity persists across centuries and media formats, as Shakespeare lives on today through frequent cinematic adaptations, contemporary theatrical stagings, even in digital comic-book form.
In what ways do twenty-first-century adaptations of the Bard’s works refashion, reinvent, and/or comment upon the original texts (’original,’ of course, being itself a vexed term in light of Shakespeare’s reputation for plagiarism)? In what ways are Shakespeare’s plays transformed through visual culture’s adaptation from one medium to another? What new insights are revealed about Shakespearean works through the art of adaptation in the digital age?
This panel seeks proposals that examine, interrogate, and assess interpretations, adaptations, and/or [re]visions of Shakespeare’s works in the 21st century.
Proposals may wish to address the question of what constitutes ‘reading’ in visual/popular/digital cultural contexts, especially in light of increasing collaboration between new and emerging media and more traditional logocentric modes of literary production.
Topics may include (but are not limited to):
• Cinematic adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays
• Digital works based on/allegorizing Shakespearean works
• Shakespearean influences in comic book culture and superhero lore
• Issues of adaptation, translation, appropriation and representation
Essays focusing on adaptations/reinterpretations by specific writers/directors are welcome, as are comparative essays investigating thematic connections throughout a selection of adaptations.
Chair: Mary Ellen Iatropoulos
Area: Culture & Media Studies
Cross: Interdisciplinary Humanities
*Abstract Deadline: September 30, 2014* *
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