Registering for the Repository

Hi, some of you will suddenly have had registrations accepted after applying months ago. Many apologies. A bug in the system, unknown to me, prevented me seeing all your requests (I thought it had been quiet). You should now be able to browse and, if you like, upload appropriate material (please read the guide or contact me if in doubt). For those of you who haven’t registered and just want a quick look, you can try clicking on the search button on our website. It’s a bit clunky at the moment but will give you an idea. As we progress, we hope to have proper searchability and much more! Thanks for you support.

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Jim Welsh and Literature/Film Quarterly

Many apologies for the long silence on the Adapt blog. Other projects take over and it is hard to keep up the momentum. But the project and the repository has been on my mind of late, partly because I am still keen to encourage as many adaptation scholars as possible to open up their own ‘secret garden’ of teaching resources to their colleagues all over the world, but also as I’m thinking of the next stage – where the repository acts as a resource for all kinds of materials, including work in progress, discussion and international collaboration. While I try to match my ambitions to the time I have in any day, this blog is also to alert you to a new item in the repository. Laurence Raw has kindly agreed to share his 2011 interview with ‘Literature/Film Quarterly’ co-founder Jim Welsh. As many of you will know, this journal has been in print since 1973 and is the first adaptation studies journal. Jim Welsh died on 3 October 2013, and this interview is shared with you in tribute to his huge contribution to the field.

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Teaching Adaptations Symposium Schedule

The schedule of presenters for the Teaching Adaptations Symposium, to be held in Hobart on February 4-5 next year is now available. Presenters from around Australia, and internationally will discuss a range of issues associated with learning and teaching in contemporary Adaptations.

To download the PDF (130kb) schedule click here

Registration for attendees is open now, this and more information about the Symposium can be accessed from the Adapt Project website here: http://adapt.edu.au/symposium

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Postgraduate Bursaries to Attend the Teaching Adaptations Symposium

Teaching Adaptations FlyerIf you’re a postgraduate student studying in a field relevant to Adaptations and you’re interested in developing your understanding of learning and teaching, you can apply to receive a $500 bursary to support your attendance at the Teaching Adaptations Symposium.

Use the contact form on the Adapt website at http://adapt.edu.au/contact and provide your name, contact details, a short statement explaining why you wish to attend the symposium, and the details of a referee such as your supervisor who can verify the information. We will confirm receipt of your application by email and notify applicants in mid December.

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Registrations now open for the Teaching Adaptations Symposium

Hobart WaterfrontYou can now register for the Teaching Adaptations Symposium, on February 4th and 5th 2013 at the Tasmanian School of Art on Hobart’s waterfront.

The symposium aims to explore adaptation studies as a growing inter- and cross-disciplinary activity with international reach. Delegates will reflect on why we teach adaptation studies in existing disciplines, what we teach under this banner, and whether disciplinary methodologies affect how we teach in different areas of study. By showcasing the project and encouraging delegates to browse the Adapt repository, the symposium will encourage discussion about the philosophy of sharing via open education resources and its advantages in locating a much broader adaptation studies teaching and research community.

Further information about the is available from the symposium web page: http://adapt.edu.au/symposium
Or you can go directly to the symposium registration form for online registration and payment.

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Join the Adapt community

We’re very pleased to announce that you can now register to join the Adapt Community, which allows you to publish your learning and teaching resources to the Adapt repository.

Once you have registered you can share your resources with the community, and participate by reviewing items and using the discussion forums to discuss issues related to teaching adaptations.

Click here to register and access the repository: https://oer.utas.edu.au/ and then click ‘External Registration’ under the log-in box to get started.

The repository currently contains resources published by partners of the Adapt project from the University of Tasmania, Monash University, The University of Western Australia and the University of Queensland. If you only want to search the contents of the repository and download items you can do that from the Search page of the Adapt website; http://adapt.edu.au/search.

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Search the repository

We’re one step closer to having a fully functional OER repository out in the wild today, after turning on the ability to search existing content from the website, here: adapt.edu.au/search/

This search allows you to find and download items that have been shared by members of the project team. All items are available under Creative Commons licences, which allow for re-use and remixing.

Registration for those who are interested in contributing to this shared resource will be available soon. This will allow you to create an account and upload your own learning and teaching resources to the repository.

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Symposium preparations

I’ve just put out a reminder for abstracts for the ‘Teaching Adaptations’ Symposium to be held 4-5 February 2013 in Hobart. As abstracts and enquiries trickle in, I’m heartened that people are interpreting the call widely and that potential participants are from a number of disciplines in the arts and humanities. This symposium speaks to one of the key aims of our project which is to develop a community of practice of scholars who teach, plan to teach, or are interested in teaching aspects of adaptation studies within their disciplines. This means that people may focus on how their research informs their teaching, on approaches to pedagogy, on what works and what doesn’t in the classroom and countless other questions.

I have no preconceptions about what we’ll get at this stage. Given that as far as I know this is the first event of its kind in Australia, I hoping to be surprised at the breadth and range of work being done in the field. I know that colleagues in other institutions are in the process of setting up new adaptations courses, or courses with adaptation content; some people want to ‘refresh’ the work they’ve already done; and some of us are looking for new ways to make our research gel with our teaching. These are all good reasons to join me in Hobart in February.

The deadline for abstracts is 10 September 2012. After that date I’ll send out more information about the event and details related to online registration.

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Another Keynote for Teaching Adaptations Symposium

We’re very pleased to be able to confirm that Dr Laurence Raw will be the second keynote speaker at the Teaching Adaptations Symposium, to be held February 4-5 2013 at the University of Tasmania in Hobart.

Laurence Raw

Laurence Raw teaches in the Department of English, Baskent University, Ankara, Turkey. His most recent publications on adaptation studies include Merchant-Ivory Interviews; Translation, Adaptation, and Transformation; Character Actors in Horror and Science Fiction Films 1930-1960 (all 2012); and Exploring Turkish Cultures. Two more works are due for publication in 2013: Learning Adaptation: New Frontiers (with Tony Gurr), and Global Jane Austen (co-edited with Robert Dryden). He also serves as an Editorial Board member on the adaptation studies journals Adaptation, Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance and Literature-Film Quarterly.

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Cultural Afterlives and Screen Adaptations of Classic Literature

Last week saw the publication of my new book, Cultural Afterlives and Screen Adaptations of Classic Literature: Wuthering Heights and Company, published by Palgrave Macmillan. Since this blog is as much about Adaptations as it is about OER, I thought it would be appropriate to talk a bit about the book here.

The book description reads as follows:

The image of Emily Brontë’s famous characters, Catherine and Heathcliff, traversing the romantic English moors, has come to define the meaning of her nineteenth-century novel, Wuthering Heights. Yet, it is an image that has been invented by the novel’s film and television adaptations. Cultural Afterlives and Screen Adaptations of Classic Literature examines what happens to literary works when they become part of cultural memory through continual screen adaptation. Moving from the 1930s to the current age, Hila Shachar explores the cultural legacy and screen ‘afterlife’ of Brontë’s Wuthering Heights alongside its company of other adaptations from the works of Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, and others. Shachar situates the analysis of these adaptations within a historical context, examining how cultural trends influence how a classic work is adapted, and in turn, how adaptations help shape perceptions about national identities, history and gender. The scope of this examination is wide, ranging from subjects such as feminism, heritage cinema, costume films, popular teen culture, music video television, neo-Victorianism, French cinema, the rise of English Studies, classic Hollywood cinema, and others. Written in a lively manner, this book offers a long overdue discussion of popular film and television adaptations that have not been examined before, providing an understanding of how these adaptations help shape our cultural landscape.

Focusing primarily on screen adaptations of Wuthering HeightsCultural Afterlives and Screen Adaptations of Classic Literature approaches adaptation within a historical and cultural context. For example, some chapters may tackle adaptations through the lens of Heritage Cinema and Costume Film theory, while others may analyse them by examining issues of feminism, tourism, the context of the Two World Wars, nationalism and propaganda, Hollywood conventions, contemporary audiences, and many more. In this book, I try to steer adaptation theory and analysis away from pure formal or aesthetic comparisons between the novel and the screen, instead, examining both as cultural productions that are influenced by, and help shape, cultural concerns. 

Cultural Afterlives and Screen Adaptations of Classic Literature also aims to update the discussion on screen adaptations by bringing it in line with contemporary scholarship on neo-Victorianism and the representation of history in the current age. In doing so, I examine many recent film and television adaptations that have not been substantially analysed before. The focus on Wuthering Heights adaptations ultimately seeks to explore both the general influences that shape the adaptation of well-known literary works, and also, the particular cultural phenomenon the novel has become through its continual adaptation. Since Cultural Afterlives and Screen Adaptations of Classic Literature tackles many key debates within Adaptation Studies, it would be very suitable for undergraduate or postgraduate courses in Film, Screen and Adaptation Studies.

If you are interested in purchasing a copy for your own research, or for your library/institution, the book is available for purchase online from Palgrave’s website, or you can download a flyer with an order form. Here are a few more details:

Click here to purchase online
Click here to read a preview sample of the first ten pages, index and contents page
Click here to create and print out an order form

Requests for review or promotional copies should be directed to: reviews@palgrave.com, or visit Palgrave’s contact page. And feel free to email me if you have any questions about the book.

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