Hilary Schor (USC) and Paul Saint-Amour (Pomona College) will lead a
4-week seminar for college and university instructors next summer.
The seminar, entitled "Adaptation and Revision: the Example of *Great Expectations*," will take place at UC Santa Cruz in July 2007. Applications must be postmarked by March 1, 2007.
Funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the seminar will examine the dynamic relationships between Dickens's
classic and an array of works that rewrite it or adapt it for a new
medium. In addition to *Great Expectations* itself, examples to be
studied will include novels by Peter Carey (*Jack Maggs*), Kathy
Acker (*Great Expectations*), and Sarah Waters (*Fingersmith*) as
well as film versions from the classic by David Lean to the
irreverent "South Park" episode.
"We imagine *Great Expectations* and its adaptations as test cases,"
says Paul Saint-Amour. "Our work together on Dickens will be be a
kind of laboratory for studying the causes and effects of textual
variation more generally. For this reason we don't see our
investigations as limited by our focus on Dickens's novel, but rather as liberated by it, nor do we imagine this seminar as appealing only to students of nineteenth-century fiction. We hope also to attract a range of teacher-scholars interested in film studies, popular culture, media, and media theory."
Fifteen college teachers will be selected to receive a $3000 stipend
toward travel, housing, and other expenses. Jay Clayton (Vanderbilt)
will be a guest speaker.
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