(5/3/07 4:06 pm)
CFP for fairy tale retellings
I posted this CFP last year, but we're looking for more papers to fill out the collection. I know there are some brilliant writers frequenting this discussion board, and we'd love to hear from you.
“Transformations of Texts: Beyond Adaptation”
Call for Papers and Essays for a collection to be used in undergraduate literature and cultural studies courses: We are seeking explorations and analyses of well-known texts that rework material in a significant way, such as by (1) telling a story from a different perspective as a way to engage themes and issues left out of the previous version (I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem); (2) using a familiar plot but varying the setting, situation, and/or characters (O, “Gertrude Talks Back”); (3) updating the source text to reflect a new social, political, and cultural context (Almereyda’s Hamlet); (4) radically transforming a source by using parallel plot events and similar characters without being constrained by the earlier plot (O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Freeway). We will consider articles previously published in journals. Of particular interest are fairy-tale and Shakespearean transformations and retellings or revisions of classic texts.
Because our audience is college students and their teachers, we are seeking essays on texts that are or could be widely taught. Films, whether source or retelling, should be popular or well-reviewed and available on VHS or DVD. In order to produce a collection accessible to first- and second-year students, a clear prose style is appropriate, with minimal use of jargon. We do want authors to treat transformations in terms of theory, but terms and concepts should be explained. (A target course is introduction to literature, which at some colleges is combined with freshman composition.)
Suggested length: 3500-4500 words (12-15 pages)
Send queries (abstracts or proposals) by May 31 to:
Christy Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org        or
Phyllis Frus, email@example.com
Send papers by July 1 to
Prof. Phyllis Frus
Hawai`i Pacific University
1060 Bishop Street, Suite 7
Honolulu, HI 96813