“Great Adaptations: Dickens in Literature and Film” 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. First offered in 2011, this seminar will be repeated in July 2014.
Hosted by the Dickens Project at the University of California at Santa Cruz, the four-week seminar will take place July 6th through August 1st 2014. The seminar will be led by Marty Gould, Associate Professor of English at the University of South Florida. Guest speakers will include professors John Glavin (of Georgetown U) and Thomas Leitch (of U of Delaware). 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.
The 16 seminar participants will each receive a stipend of $3300 to help offset the costs of travel and lodging. After the conclusion of the seminar, participants will be invited to remain in Santa Cruz for the week-long Dickens Universe conference, which will focus on _Our Mutual Friend_.
Applications are due 4 March 2012. More information about the seminar is available on the web: http://www.GreatAdaptationsNEH.net
Dr. Marty Gould
Department of English
University of South Florida
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