CFP: Andrew Davies: the screenwriter as adaptor
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
· 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, email@example.com and Natalie Hayton, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, research area and affiliation (if applicable) in all correspondence.
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