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Famous Screenwriter becomes Professor at new Centre for Adaptations

Andrew Davies will be on campus in Leicester on 5 March 2009 to talk about his career and his recent BBC adaptation, Little Dorrit, during the University’s annual week of public arts events, Cultural Exchanges festival. He will be in conversation with DMU’s Dr Deborah Cartmell and Professor Imelda Whelehan, from 1-2pm.

Dr Cartmell, Reader in English at DMU and Co-Editor of the new Adaptations journal (Oxford University Press), said: "We have established the Centre in Adaptations in recognition of the extensive scholarship and international reputation in film adaptation of literature at DMU."

Adaptations Conference

The Centre is also running a day conference on 2 March with talks on film adaptations of Toni Morrison’s Beloved, children’s literature and The Women, and hosting a conference at the British Film Institute in London (24-25 September) which will feature a retrospective of the work of Andrew Davies.

Davies has adapted numerous classic novels for TV and film, including Sense and Sensibility screened on primetime TV last year. He is also renowned for adapting Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’  Diary and for the Pride and Prejudice  adaptation in which Colin Firth shot to fame as Darcy after the famous lake scene.

Visiting Professor Andrew Davies said “The Centre is a most welcome development in an area that has been for so long under-represented in academic circles. As a practitioner, I find it rather thrilling to be the object of scholarly investigation.”

The Centre hosts the journal Adaptation and the book series, Screen Adaptations (Methuen and Norton). It also organises workshops across universities in Europe and America and manages the annual Association of Literature on Screen Studies conference.

De Montfort University now also has an MA in Adaptations which offers students the opportunity to study in this emerging field, a field that explores the interface between literature, film, television and popular culture, with materials ranging from Romeo and Juliet to The Da Vinci Code on screen.

 

Posted on Sunday 1st March 2009

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