“Great Adaptations: Teaching Dickens through Literary and Cinematic Adaptations” is an NEH summer seminar that explores the pedagogical potential of literary imitators. Focused on two Dickens novels, _A Christmas Carol_ and _Great Expectations_, the seminar is designed to illuminate what teachers can do with adaptations in the classroom, and what adaptations can do for teachers and their students.
Hosted by the Dickens Project at the University of California at Santa Cruz, the seminar will take place July 3rd-30th. The seminar will be led by Marty Gould, Assistant Professor of English at the University of South Florida. Guest speakers will include John Glavin and Thomas Leitch. Meeting three hours a day, four days a week, the seminar will offer participants a challenging—but intellectually rich—experience.
By looking at a cluster of films and narrative rewritings of two of Dickens’s most well-known novels, the “Great Adaptations” seminar will explore the enduring influence of Dickens on the modern imagination. Taking the position that adaptations can shed fresh light on their source texts, the seminar will consider how teachers can use adaptations in the classroom, either as tools for critical investigation or as a means of student expression and assessment. A major goal of the seminar will be to help teachers identify new ways to use adaptation in the classroom in order to engage students actively in thinking and writing about literature.
Applications are due 1 March 2011. More information about the seminar is available on the web: http://www2.ucsc.edu/dickens/NEH.html
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