CFP: Andrew Davies: the screenwriter as adaptor

Printable version Thursday 04 February 2016 Last updated at 17:46

Friday 18th March 2016, De Montfort University, Leicester
Keynote and plenary discussion with Andrew Davies
In  celebration of the newly acquired Andrew Davies archive, the Centre of  Adaptations and Centre for Textual Studies, De Montfort University, are  hosting a one-day conference on the British screenwriter. Alongside  entering into a conversation about the writer’s oeuvre, conference  delegates will be invited to attend a discussion with Davies and visit a  new exhibition at De Montfort University’s Heritage Centre. Archival  materials on display will include original scripts from some of Davies’  most loved adaptations, such as Pride and Prejudice, alongside letters  and notes between Davies and his collaborators.
Davies is  perhaps most famous for his work on the BBC’s 1995 Pride and Prejudice  with his vision of Darcy becoming one of the most enduring images of  late 20th century popular culture. Beside revisiting Darcy with  commercially successful adaptations of Helen Fielding’s modern-day  adaptation of Pride and Prejudice - Bridget Jones’s Diary - however,  Davies’ legacy is wide-ranging in terms of classic-novel, contemporary  fiction adaptations and his own original scripts and authored books.
This  conference thus seeks to initiate a critical appraisal of Davies’ work,  situating analysis of individual productions within the context of a  wider oeuvre and interrogating the role of the screenwriter/adaptor  within the adaptive process.  We invite abstracts of no more than 300  words for 20-minute papers that address Davies’ work or, more broadly,  the role of the screenwriter/adaptor in the adaptation process. We also  welcome expressions of interest for panels on a specific theme or topic. 
Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
·         The role of the screenwriter in adaptation
·         The adaptation industry
·         The heritage industry 
·         The BBC
·         Marketing period drama
·         Adapting historical fiction
·         Adapting the literary canon
·         Classic novel adaptation
·         Authorship
·         Television drama
·         Gender and race in period adaptation
Successful papers will be considered for publication in a special edition of the Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance.
Please  email abstracts as well as queries or expressions of interest to both  organisers by January 31st 2016, Anna Blackwell, and Natalie Hayton,  Please include your name, research area and affiliation (if applicable)  in all correspondence.



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