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CFP: Adapting Conrad

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‘Hanyut’ – a 2012 film based on ‘Almayer’s Folly’ by Joseph Conrad

Adapting Conrad: A multi-disciplinary conference on what
happens to books when translated into other media

“Thereʼs been a lot of talk about the way in which Hollywood directors distort literary masterpieces. Iʼll have no part of that!”
– Alfred Hitchcock to Francois Truffaut, 1968.

Joseph Conradʼs fictions have been adapted for stage, screen, and radio, and
have appeared in songs, graphic novels, and art installations. His work has
been adapted by Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Francis Ford Coppola, Bob
Dylan, Christopher Hampton, Nicolas Roeg … and Conrad himself, who wrote
three stage plays and a film treatment based on his own stories.

What happens to a literary work – masterpiece or otherwise – when it is
adapted into another media? Is it always a distortion? What criteria of success
can be used to judge an adaptation? What can we learn about narrative,
audiences, and genre from the process of adaptation and the relationship
between the original and the adaptation? How can different critical approaches
help us understand that relationship? These are some of the questions we will
be addressing in ʻAdapting Conradʼ, a one-day conference hosted by the
Institute of English Studies at Senate House, London, on 30 May 2014. Continue reading

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