114th Annual Conference - Pasadena, California
Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 13, 2016

Adaptation Studies I

Session Chair: 
Yolanda Doub, California State University, Fresno
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  1. Aili Zheng, Willamette University
    Jia Zhangke’s Still Life (2006), involves a "creative interpretation" (John Grierson) of a large-scale historical event: the building of the Three Gorges Dam. This film will be considered as an adaptation of an actuality.
  2. Sean Matharoo, University of California, Riverside
    I examine the repetitions and differences of what I refer to as "The Jetty Cycle"--Chris Marker's photo-roman La Jetée (1962), Terry Gilliam's film 12 Monkeys (1995), and Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett's television series 12 Monkeys (2015-2016)--to develop a heuristic of cross-modal adaptation inscribed in ontological difference.
  3. John Hoffmann, Johns Hopkins University
    My paper argues that Walter Benjamin incorporates cinematic techniques and themes into his non-fiction essay “Moscow” which prefigure theoretical insights he makes in “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.”
  4. Flannery Wilson, University of California, Riverside
    Is "film language" analogous to literary language? The art of the adapter lies in the ability to trim off the excess from the original so that it can begin again-- as a better version of the original. The best adaptations are versions of the original in an ideal visual form, without all of the unnecessary words. 
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