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Dr Hila Shachar

Job: Lecturer in English Literature

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities

Research group(s): Centre for Adaptations

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 2577991

E: hila.shachar@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/adaptations

 

Personal profile

Dr Hila Shachar is a member of the Centre for Adaptations whose research focuses on the adaptation of literary works and authors in various media including film, television and ballet. She also has expertise in nineteenth-century literature, feminist theory, and the Beat authors. 

Her first monograph, Cultural Afterlives and Screen Adaptations of Classic Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), was featured in The New York Times and The International Herald Tribune, as well as nominated for the 2012 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards. Her next monograph, Screening the Author: The Literary Biopic (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming), examines the screen adaptation of the figure of the author and biographies of well-known writers, including Sylvia Plath, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Virginia Woolf, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and others. She is currently also working on a range of publications on other topics, including contemporary French film and Australian screen adaptations.

Hila has considerable professional writing experience, having written for The Guardian, Desktop magazine, Overland journal, The Australian Film Institute, and others. She is also a regular writer for The Australian Ballet. Her fictional work has appeared in several publications, and she was a finalist for the 2015 ELLE UK Talent Writing Competition.

Publications and outputs 

  • Walking New Myths: Sally Wainwright’s Brontë Biopic
    Shachar, H. (2017) Walking New Myths: Sally Wainwright’s Brontë Biopic. Journal of Victorian Culture Online. Available at: http://blogs.tandf.co.uk/jvc/2017/01/06/hila-shachar-walking-new-myths-sally-wainwrights-bronte-biopic/
  • The Literature Book
    Shachar, H., et al. (2016) The Literature Book. New York: Dorling Kindersley Limited (Penguin Group UK).
  • Home/Homesickness/Homeless
    Shachar, H. (2015) Home/Homesickness/Homeless. In: Over Land, Over Sea: Poems for those seeking refuge. Ed. Kathleen Bell, Emma Lee and Siobhan Logan. Nottingham: Five Leaves Press.
  • I am collecting seas
    Shachar, H. (2015) I am collecting seas. In: Over Land, Over Sea: Poems for those seeking refuge. Ed. Kathleen Bell, Emma Lee and Siobhan Logan. Nottingham: Five Leaves Press.
  • Colour Theory
    Shachar, H. (2015) Colour Theory. In: ELLE UK Magazine, December.
  • ‘The mind-forg’d manacles’: An Introduction to Wuthering Heights
    Shachar, H. (2015) ‘The mind-forg’d manacles’: An Introduction to Wuthering Heights. In: Wuthering Heights. London: Pigeonhole Publishing.
  • Downton Abbey and the Heritage Industry
    Shachar, H. (2013) Downton Abbey and the Heritage Industry. Overland Literary Journal Online. Ed. Jacinda Woodhead. Available at: https://overland.org.au/2013/04/downton-abbey-and-the-heritage-industry/
  • Authorial Histories: The Historical Film and the Literary Biopic
    Shachar, H. (2013) Authorial Histories: The Historical Film and the Literary Biopic. In A Companion to the Historical Film. Ed. Robert A. Rosenstone and Constantin Parvulescu. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 199-219
  • Touching
    Shachar, H. (2013) Touching. Meanjin 72 (2). Ed. Zora Sanders. Melbourne University Press, pp. 184-188
  • Red is for Blue
    Shachar, H. (2013) Red is for Blue. The South Circular, 7. Ed. Aoife Walsh. Dublin,

Click here for a complete list of Hila's research output's.

Key research outputs

  • Shachar, Hila. Screening the Author: The Literary Biopic (Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2019).
  • Shachar, Hila. Cultural Afterlives and Screen Adaptations of Classic Literature: Wuthering Heights and Company (Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). Nominated for the 2012 Premier’s Book Awards. Featured in The New York Times.
  • Shachar, Hila, ‘Representing the Unrepresentable: The Army of Crime and Biopic Generic Conventions of Identity’, in A Companion to the Biopic, ed. Deborah Cartmell and Ashley D. Polasek (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming 2018).
  • Shachar, Hila, ‘“A dream within a dream”: The Politics of Dislocation in Head On and Picnic at Hanging Rock’, in Where is Adaptation? ed. Casie Hermansson (Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, forthcoming 2018).
  • Shachar, Hila, ‘The Muse’s Tale: Rewriting the English Author in The Invisible Woman’, in Biopics and British National Identity, ed. Homer B. Pettey and Barton Palmer (New York: State University of New York Press, forthcoming 2017).
  • Shachar, Hila, ‘Authorial Histories: The Historical Film and the Literary Biopic’, in A Companion to the Historical Film, ed. Robert A. Rosenstone and Constantin Parvulescu (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), pp. 199-219.
  • Shachar, Hila, ‘The Lost Mother and the Enclosed Lady: Gender and Domesticity in MTV’s Adaptation of Wuthering
    Heights
    ’, in Neo-Victorian Families: Gender, Sexual and Cultural Politics, ed. Marie-Luise Kohlke and Christian Gutleben (Amsterdam; New York, NY: Rodopi, 2011), pp. 221-44.
  • Shachar, Hila, ‘A Post-Feminist Romance: Love, Gender and Intertextuality in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga’, in Theorizing Twilight: Essays on What’s at Stake in a Post-Vampire World, ed. Natalie Wilson and Maggie Parke (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2011), pp. 147-161.
  • Shachar, Hila, ‘The Legacy of Hell: Wuthering Heights on Film and Gilbert and Gubar’s Feminist Poetics’, in Gilbert and Gubar’s The Madwoman in the Attic After Thirty Years, ed. Annette Federico (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2009), pp. 149-169.

Research interests/expertise

  • Adaptation studies
  • Film/Screen studies
  • Romantci and Victorian literature
  • The Brontës
  • The Beat authors
  • Neo-Victorian Studies
  • Feminism and gender studies
  • Popular culture and fiction
  • Ballet and dance

Areas of teaching

  • Adaptation studies
  • Film/Screen studies
  • Romantci and Victorian literature
  • The Brontës
  • The Beat authors
  • Feminism and gender studies
  • Popular culture and fiction

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy

English and Cultural Studies

The University of Western Australia

2010

 

Postgraduate Teaching Internship Certificate

The University of Western Australia

2006

 

Bachelor of Arts Degree with First Class Honours in English and European Studies

The University of Western Australia

2005

Courses taught

ENGL1009: Reading, Writing and Screening Literature

ENGL2019: Rewriting Film and Literature

ENGL3084: Studies in Literature and Film

ENGL3100: Radical and Contemporary Adaptations

Honours and awards

(A full list of awards/certificates is available upon request.)

  • Faculty Research Leave Scheme, De Montfort University, 2016.

  • Finalist for the 2015 ELLE UK Talent Writing Competition, December 2015.

  • Certificate of Research Supervision, De Montfort University, 2014.

  • RIF6 Small Grant: Biopics: Adapting Historical Figures, De Montfort University, 2014.

  • OLT Innovation and Development Research Grant ($160,000), Office for Learning and Teaching, Australian Government, 2012. Headed by Professor Imelda Whelehan.

  • Publication Subsidy Small Grant ($3000), The Australian Academy of the Humanities, 2011.

  • Spilling Ink Review Short Story Competition Winner, Unbound Press, 2010.

  • School of Social and Cultural Studies Publications Grant, The University of Western Australia, 2009.

  • Australian Bicentennial Scholarship, Menzies Centre for Australian Studies at King’s College, London, 2007.

  • Dean’s Postgraduate Award, The University of Western Australia, 2007.

  • Foundations of University Teaching and Learning Certificate (33-hour professional development programme), The University of Western Australia, 2007.

  • Australian Postgraduate Award (doctoral scholarship), The University of Western Australia, 2005-2009.Ernest & Evelyn Havill Shacklock Scholarship in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (doctoral scholarship awarded to the highest ranked student in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences), The University of Western Australia, 2005-2009.

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Centre for Adaptations
  • The Brontë Society
  • Australasian Victorian Studies Association
  • Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Dance

Conference attendance

  • Adaptation and Dance (which I co-organised with Elinor Parsons), 2 March 2016, Trinity House, De Montfort University. My Contribution: Conference Welcome Address: ‘Adaptation and Dance’.
  • Annual British Film Institute/London Association for the Teaching of EnglishWinter Conference – Romance, Film and English, 12 December 2015, British Film      Institute, Southbank, London. My Contribution: Keynote Address: ‘The Classic Novel on Film: A Cultural Memory’.
  • The Tenth Annual Conference of the Association of Adaptation Studies, 24-25 September 2015, Senate House, London. My Contribution: Conference Paper: ‘“You’re my playground love”: The Present and Absent City in Ana Kokkinos’s Head On (1998) and Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides (1999)’.
  • Hila Shachar, ‘Jane Eyre on Stage and Screen’, 11 September 2015, The National Theatre, Southbank, London. Invited public talk and pre-show Q&A session.
  • Biopic Adaptations, 24 February 2015, Trinity House, De Montfort University. My Contribution: Keynote Q&A session where I interviewed Amanda Coe: ‘In Conversation With Amanda Coe (BAFTA-award winning BBC screenwriter)’.
  • Invited panellist speaker for Paramount Pictures’ official Premiere Panel for the film, Wuthering Heights (2011), on 11 October 2012, Cinema Paradiso. Event hosted by Professor Terri-ann White (Director, University of Western Australia Publishing).
  • Invited panellist speaker for ABC’s/Universal Pictures Australasia’s official Premiere Panel for the film, Jane Eyre (2011), on 8 August 2011, Cinema Paradiso. Event hosted by Gillian O’Shaughnessy (ABC – Australian Broadcasting Corporation – presenter/journalist).
  • Fifth Annual Limina Conference, 2 July 2010, The University of Western Australia.      My Contribution: Conference Paper: ‘The Marginal Wuthering Heights: Cultural, National and Historical­ Demystific­ation in Jacques Rivette’s Hurlevent’.
  • Neo-Victorianism: The Politics and Aesthetics of Appropriation, 10-12 September 2007, The Centre for Victorian Studies, University of Exeter. My Contribution:      Conference Paper: ‘“Neo-Victorian” Heathcliff: Screen Adaptations of Wuthering Heights and the Masculine as Spectacle’.
  • Masculinity and the Other, 29-30 August 2007, Balliol College, University of Oxford. My Contribution: Conference Paper: ‘Heathcliff’s Others: Heroic Masculinity in Wuthering Heights’. Funded by Australian Bicentennial Scholarship, Menzies      Centre for Australian Studies, King’s College, London.
  • Interviewed on ABC orthern Tasmania/ABC 936 Hobart Radio’s ‘Afternoons’ programme by Peter Newlinds regarding Wuthering Heights adaptations on 13 June 2007.      
  • Australasian Victorian Studies AssociationConference, 7-11 February 2007, The University of Western Australia. My Contribution: Conference Paper: ‘Screen      Voyages: Wuthering Heights and Adaptation as “Travel” and “Translation”’.

Consultancy work

  • Freelance writing for The Australian Ballet (2010-onwards)
  • Copywriting, freelance writing, marketing and editing work for The Australian Ballet, The Guardian, Desktop magazine, The Australian Film Institute, The Australian Government (Office for Women), Underscore magazine, Fremantle Markets, Alphabet journal, and others.

Externally funded research grants information

“Bridging the gap: teaching adaptations across the disciplines and sharing content for curriculum renewal”, $160,000, Office for Learning and Teaching, Australian Government, 2011-2013. Led by Professor Imelda Whelehan (University of Tasmania), with project partners: Dr Hila Shachar (The University of Western Australia), Professor David Sadler (University of Tasmania), Dr Lisa Fletcher (University of Tasmania), Associate Professor Frances Bonner (University of Queensland), Associate Professor Jason Jacobs (University of Queensland) and Dr Christopher Worth (Monash University).

Professional esteem indicators

  • Peer reviewer for Routledge and Palgrave Macmillan
  • Book reviewer for Studies in the Novel (University of North Texas) and Victoriographies (Edinburgh University Press)
  • Writer for The Australian Ballet
  • Invited speaker and panellist for ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures (2011, 2012)

 

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