CFP: ACLA seminar "Hispanic Adaptations"

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Call for Papers
September 20, 2018
District Of Columbia, United States
Subject Fields: 
Chicana/o History / Studies, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Literature, Spanish and Portuguese History / Studies, Theatre & Performance History / Studies


Hispanic Adaptations


This seminar will explore the many forms of adaptation in Hispanic cultures, offering a comparative dialogue on the multiform products and processes of adaptation within Spain and Spanish America. For Julie Grossman, adaptations are like Dr. Frankenstein’s “hideous progeny,” artistic and abject distortions of their creators as well as the works that engendered them; for Linda Hutcheon, cultural works are inherently “haunted” by their predecessors. How does adaptation--as “hideous progeny,” “haunting,” or something else entirely--manifest and express itself within the Hispanic world?


We welcome paper proposals on topics including studies of genre-based adaptation of specific works (narrative to narrative, narrative to film, theatre to film, etc.), as well as analyses of other types of adaptations (the arts adapting history, art, or material cultures; cultures adapting other cultures; or multimedia platforms adapting language, expressions of gender identity, or articulations of cultural identity, among other possibilities).


We also welcome paper proposals on topics such as species change, alterations in cultural forms, and ideas and ideals of “progress,” as well as other teleological interpretations of history and culture. Papers that demonstrate innovative perspectives on adaptation theory are especially encouraged, as are creative interpretations regarding what adaptation means within a given context or culture. to submit a paper proposal by 9am September 20, 2018.


ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association) 2019 annual meeting will be March 7-10, 2019, at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

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Seminar organizers: Elisabeth Austin ( and Elena Lahr-Vivaz (

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