Professor Deborah Cartmell

Job: Professor in English

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities

Research group(s): Centre for Adaptation Studies

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

T: +44 (0)116 255 1551 ext 6685

E: djc@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.adaptation.uk.com

 

Personal profile

Deborah Cartmell is Associate Dean, Research & Innovation, Arts, Design and Humanities. She is currently completing The Blackwell Companion to the Biopic and is writing a monograph, Adaptations at War. She is founder and co-editor of two international journals, Adaptation (Oxford University Press) and Shakespeare (Routledge), series editor of the Bloomsbury Adaptation Histories, founder and former chair of the Association of Adaptation Studies and founding trustee of the British Shakespeare Association. She received the Jim Welsh Award for Excellence in Adaptation Studies in 2016.

Professor Cartmell has supervised a number of PhD students who are now in successful professional and academic careers in the UK, US, Australia and Indonesia and welcomes PhD applications in Shakespeare and Adaptation Studies.

 

Research group affiliations

Professor Deborah Cartmell is Director of the Centre for Adaptations.  She is currently co-editing the international journals, Shakespeare (Taylor & Francis, 2005-) and Adaptation (Oxford University Press, 2008-).  She is a founding member and secretary/treasurer of the Association of Adaptation Studies and former Secretary of the Council for College and University English.

Publications and outputs 

  • A Brief History of the Association of Adaptation Studies
    A Brief History of the Association of Adaptation Studies Cartmell, Deborah; Strong, J.; Whelehan, Imelda, 1960- This chapter describes the first decade of the Association of Adaptation Studies through its first chairs: Deborah Cartmell, Jeremy Strong and Imelda Whelehan.
  • Casting the British Biopic: The Barretts of Wimpole Street, 1934-1957
    Casting the British Biopic: The Barretts of Wimpole Street, 1934-1957 Cartmell, Deborah This chapter considers the evolution of the 'British biopic' through two versions of Sidney Franklin's The Barretts of Wimpole Street, released in 1934 and 1957.
  • Much Ado About Nothing: A Critical Reader
    Much Ado About Nothing: A Critical Reader Cartmell, Deborah; Smith, P. J.
  • Star Adaptations: Queen Biopics of the 1930s
    Star Adaptations: Queen Biopics of the 1930s Cartmell, Deborah This chapter draws on press books and marketing materials of the 1930 to demonstrate how stars were both exploited and adapted into 'queen biopics', beginning with the case of Greta Garbo and concluding with Norma Shearer.
  • Adapation as Exploitation
    Adapation as Exploitation Cartmell, Deborah This article is from an Open Access Journal
  • Marketing Shakespeare Films: From Tragedy to Biopic
    Marketing Shakespeare Films: From Tragedy to Biopic Cartmell, Deborah The chapter considers why the biopic, Shakespeare in Love is the most financially successful Shakespeare film, to date.
  • Adaptations in the Sound Era: 1927-37
    Adaptations in the Sound Era: 1927-37 Cartmell, Deborah Focussing on promotional materials, Adaptations in the Sound Era: 1927-37 tracks the presence and marketing of 'words' in a variety of adaptations, from the introduction of sound in the late 1920s through to the mid-1930s.
  • Teaching Adaptations
    Teaching Adaptations Cartmell, Deborah; Whelehan, Imelda, 1960- This volume looks at the ways in which adaptations can and have been taught by leading academics in the field of Adaptation studies from all over the world.
  • Becoming Jane in screen adaptations of Austen's fiction
    Becoming Jane in screen adaptations of Austen's fiction Cartmell, Deborah This chapter considers how Austen's heroines have been transformed into versions of the author is film and television adaptations.
  • Adaptation, Sound and Shakespeare in the 1930s’
    Adaptation, Sound and Shakespeare in the 1930s’ Cartmell, Deborah

Click here for a full listing of Deborah Cartmell‘s publications and outputs.

Key research outputs

Recent publications include Adaptations in the Sound Era: 1927-37 (Bloomsbury 2015) and Much Ado About Nothing: A Critical Reader, co-ed with Peter J. Smith (Arden, Bloomsbury, 2018).

Research interests/expertise

  • Adaptations
  • Shakespeare
  • Jane Austen
  • Children’s Literature

Areas of teaching

  • Shakespeare
  • Renaissance
  • Poetry
  • Children’s Literature
  • Literature and Film
  • Jane Austen
  • Edmund Spenser

Qualifications

BA (University of Toronto), PhD (University of York, UK)

Courses taught

Currently I am teaching on the MA English.

Honours and awards

Jim Welsh Award for Excellence in Adaptation Studies, 2016.

Fellow of the English Association, 2011.

National Teaching Fellowship, 2010.

Membership of external committees

Strategic Reviewer, AHRC

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Elected Secretary, Council for College and University English, 2011- 2015
  • Chair and Founder of the Association of Adaptation Studies (registered as a Charity, January, 2010), 2008-10
  • Secretary and Treasurer of the Association of Adaptation Studies, 2010-
  • Appointed to the AHRC Peer Review College, 2009
  • Trustee, British Shakespeare Association, 2008 - 11

Conference attendance

Recent Keynotes

  • ‘Adaptation and the Marketing of Shakespeare in Classical Hollywood’, University of Cyprus, November, 2017
  • ‘Stars’, TU Braunschweig, July 2017
  • ‘Star Adaptations’, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, May 2017
  •  Hollywood Queens and Friendship, Krakow, October, 2016
  • Adapting Snow White, National Library of the Netherlands, The Hague, April, 2015
  • ‘The Shakespeare Talkies’, Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, November 2014
  • ‘The Country House in Britain’, University of Newcastle, June, 2014.

Consultancy work

 

Current research students

1st Supervisions

  • Laura Fryer
  • Jennifer Gordon
  • Lucy Hobbs
  • Peter Lewis
  • Ana Laura Weinberg

2nd Supervisions

  • Sally King

Externally funded research grants information

  • Higher Education Academy Award
  • Leverhulme Academic Collaboration grant, £42,500, ‘Association of Literature on Screen’, 2006- 2009.

Professional esteem indicators


  • Fellow of the English Association, 2011
  • Awarded National Teaching Fellow, Higher Education Academy, 2010
  • External Assessor, Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2010, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2008, 2011
  • External Assessor, City University of New York, 2010, University of Texas, 2007
  • Chair and Founder of the Association of Adaptation Studies (registered as a Charity, January, 2010), 2007-10
  • Appointed to the AHRC Peer Review College, 2010 
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