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CFP: Shaping an Identity. Adapting, Rewriting and Remaking Italian Literature

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Pamela Arancibia <[log in to unmask]>

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Scholarly discussions in any field of Italian studies <[log in to unmask]>

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italian-studies: Scholarly discussions in any field of Italian studies

Apologies for cross-posting.

The Graduate Students Association of Italian Studies at the University  
of Toronto invites submissions for the conference "Shaping an  
Identity: Adapting, Rewriting and Remaking Italian Literature" to be  
held 6-7 May 2011 at the University of Toronto.

Since its first formulation as "intersemiotic translation" by Roman  
Jakobson in 1959, the notion of adaptation has inspired various  
theoretical and critical approaches. Adaptations of literary works,  
whether for the stage, for the screen or for other visual media,  
together with remakes within the same medium, tell us much about the  
destination culture's appropriation of earlier forms. Adapting a text  
is also a way of re-reading it, thereby expanding its possible
meanings: this form of intertextuality is represented, for example, in  
the late-modernist and post-modernist aesthetics of parody. In more  
recent years, aspects of this concept can be found in the popular  
notion of "transmedia storytelling" (Jenkins 2006) and in the category  
of "miramaxing" proposed by Jim Collins (2010) to identify the complex  
interplay between the screening of literary masterpieces, the  
representation of reading pleasures, and the taste of popular cinema.  
Considering these and other conceptions of adaptation in
the Italian context leads to critical questions. Perhaps most  
importantly, how do these forms of re-writing affect the core of  
Italian culture? Is Italian literature "transposing" itself through a  
variety of tastes, media and techniques?

Our conference will investigate this conceptual node by exploring  
modes and problems of adaptations, including many different media  
(theatre, literature, cinema, comics, and traditional artistic  
iconography) in post-Unification Italian culture. In particular, we  
wish to explore the ways in which the poetics of adaptation have  
influenced the historical construction of Italian identity and the  
founding of a nation-wide spoken Italian.

Possible topics will include, but will not be limited to:
*problems in page-to-stage and page-to-screen adapting;
*adaptation between different visual cultures, or from narratives to  
iconography and vice versa;
*aspects of adaptation and rewriting implicit in translation;
*mass-media appropriation of traditional narratives in the present  
day, including political aspects of television adaptation;
*linguistic aspects of inter-media adaptation;
*political and ideological frames orienting the adaptations of  
traditional mythologies or narrations.

Contributions from other disciplines are welcome, provided that their  
primary focus is Italian culture or literature. The conference  
languages are English and Italian.

Please send a maximum 300 word abstract and a short biography (100  
words max) by 3 December 2010 to [log in to unmask]

http://www.utoronto.ca/italian/graduate/adaptations.cfp.pdf

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