Upcoming Conferences & Lectures

Upcoming Conferences & Lectures

The Arts of Adaptation: One-Day Conference

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 8.30am – 5pm, and reception

Information Commons building, 4th floor

Conveners: Verna A. Foster, Professor of English, and Paul Eggert, Martin J. Svaglic Endowed Chair in Textual Studies

For further information contact Randy Newman at rnewman@luc.edu

Free registration. Confirmation of attendance unnecessary.


Verna Foster, ‘Why Adapt? The Cultural Work of Dramatic Adaptation’

After surveying some of the cruxes in adaptation theory, including the relationship between text and performance in dramatic adaptation, this paper focuses on the cultural work performed by intrageneric dramatic adaptations with special reference to Mabou Mines Dollhouse, contemporary Medea plays, and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s An Octoroon.

Verna A. Foster is Professor of English at Loyola University Chicago. Her publications include The Name and Nature of Tragicomedy (2004), the edited collection Dramatic Revisions of Myths, Fairy Tales and Legends: Essays on Recent Plays (2012), and numerous articles including ‘Meta-melodrama: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Appropriates Dion Boucicault’s The Octoroon’ in Modern Drama (Fall 2016).


Paul Eggert, ‘Textual Criticism and the Curious Art of Adaptation: The Ned Kelly Story’

Replication and revision is a definition of Adaptation study. Textual criticism is the study of versions. Must these related pursuits continue to proceed in ignorance of one another? The paper addresses this question squarely, based on a case study of the versions and adaptations of the Ned Kelly outlaw-bushranger story-type.

Paul Eggert is an editorial theorist, scholarly editor and book historian. He serves as the Martin J. Svaglic Endowed Chair in Textual Studies, Loyola University Chicago. His principal arguments are brought together in Securing the Past (2009) and Biography of a Book (2013).


Thomas Leitch, ‘Screening (Out) the American Short Story’

Although Hollywood has looked since its earliest days to novels and plays for properties that could be profitably adapted to the cinema, it has rarely drawn its source material from the American short story, despite the genre’s prominent status in American literature. This presentation investigates the reasons why.

Thomas Leitch, Professor of English at the University of Delaware, is the author, most recently, of Wikipedia U: Knowledge, Authority, and Liberal Education in the Digital Age and editor of The Oxford Handbook of Adaptation Studies. He is currently working on The History of American Literature on Film.


Siobhan O’Flynn, ‘Media Fluid and Media Fluent: Adaptation as Experience Design’

In the digital world, multi- and trans-media elements, situations, and contexts deliberately invite audience participation in experiences allowing entry into the ‘storyworld,’ to co-create and extend content. Originating in the field of Human Computer Interaction, and now central to game design, marketing, and top-tier branded transmedia productions, experience design recognizes its media-fluent audience (i.e. people) as a medium.

Siobhan O’Flynn, a digital humanist, has extensive experience working in and consulting on interactive storytelling, digital media, and experience design. She is currently working on a monograph for Routledge, to be called Mapping Digital Narrativity: Design, Practice, Theory, which examines the impact of digital media on storytelling by recontextualizing Aristotle’s theory of tragedy and catharsis as a form of experience design.