The Association of Adaptation Studies Trustees 2020
Kamilla Elliott is Professor of Literature and Media in the Department of English and Creative Writing at the University of Lancaster. Her principal teaching and research interests lie in British literature of the long nineteenth century and literature’s relations with other media generally. She is author of Rethinking the Novel/Film Debate (Cambridge, 2003), Portraiture and British Gothic Fiction: The Rise of Picture Identification, 1764–1835 (Johns Hopkins, 2012), and Theorizing Adaptation (Oxford, 2020). She has also published essays on other particular aspects of theorizing adaptation, adaptation pedagogy, adaptation scholarship, adaptation in the form of book illustration, Victorian literature adapted to film and television, tie-in merchandise as adaptation, pictorial and audiovisual representations of authors and authorship, Gothic film parody, the concept of unfilmable books, and the ad-app-tation of the British literary canon to mobile apps.
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Julie Grossman is professor of English and Communication and Film Studies at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. Her books include Rethinking the Femme Fatale in Film Noir: Ready for Her Close-Up (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, 2012), Literature, Film, and Their Hideous Progeny: Adaptation and ElasTEXTity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), and Ida Lupino, Director: Her Art and Resilience in Times of Transition (with Therese Grisham, Rutgers UP, 2017). She is founding co-editor of the book series Adaptation and Visual Culture (with R. Barton Palmer, Palgrave Macmillan). She is co-editor of the flagship volume for the series, Adaptation in Visual Culture: Images, Texts, and Their Multiple Worlds (with R. Barton Palmer, 2017) and co-author of the forthcoming monograph Twin Peaks (with Will Scheibel, Wayne State UP, 2020).
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Anna Blackwell is a lecturer in English at De Montfort University, Leicester and a member of the Centre for Adaptations. She teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate level at DMU and is the head of research students for the Institute of English. Both her teaching and research focus on the adaptation of Shakespeare within contemporary culture and her first monograph,Shakespearean Celebrity in the Digital Age, was published in 2018 by Palgrave. Other publications include chapters in the edited collections, The Routledge Companion to Adaptation (2018); Adaptation, Awards Culture and the Value of Prestige (2017) and Broadcast Your Shakespeare (2017). She has also been published in the journals English Literature, Adaptation, and the Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance. Anna’s next project will be on craft adaptations of Shakespeare and the precarity of creative employment in neoliberal economies.
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AAS Secretary Kyle Meikle is Assistant Professor of English and Communication at the University of Baltimore. He has published essays in Adaptation (for which he serves as the Film Reviews Editor), Literature/Film Quarterly, and the Journal of Adaptation in Film & Performance, and has authored chapters for The Oxford Handbook of Adaptation Studies and the forthcoming Routledge Companion to Adaptation. He is the co-author, with Thomas Leitch, of the Oxford Bibliographies guide to adaptation, and the author of Adaptations in the Franchise Era: 2001-16, part of Deborah Cartmell’s Bloomsbury Adaptation Histories series.
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Deborah Cartmell (ex-officio)
Deborah Cartmell is Professor of English at De Montfort University, Leicester. She is the founder and first Chair of the Association of Adaptation Studies and Director of the Centre for Adaptations. Her recent publications include Screen Adaptations: Impure Cinema (2010, with Imelda Whelehan), Screen Adaptations: Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ (2010), and A Companion to Literature, Film and Adaptation (2012). She is series editor of the Bloomsbury Adaptation Histories and author of its first installment, Adaptations in the Sound Era: 1927-37.
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Joyce Goggin is a senior lecturer at the University of Amsterdam, where she teaches literature, film and media studies. She has been an active member of AAS for many years and organized the association’s annual conference in both 2008 and 2009. Dr. Goggin’s most recent published on work on adaptation includes, “’Everything is Awesome’: Spreadable Stories and The LEGO Movie,” in Adaptation in the Age of Media Convergence. Eds. Johannes Fehrle and Werner Schäfke (Amsterdam UP, 2019), “Dickens from Balloons to Voice Overs,” in The Routledge Companion to Adaptation. Eds. Denis Crutcheon and Eckart Voigts (Routledge, 2018), and “Live and Let Die: The Tarot as Other in the 007 Universe,” in Bond Uncovered. Ed. Jeremy Strong (Palgrave, 2018). Her book chapter, “Toyetics and Novelizations: Bringing The LEGO Movie to the Page,” was published in More Than Just Bricks: Critical Perspectives on LEGO in Popular Culture. Eds. Rebecca Haines and Sharon Mazzarella (Palgrave, 2020).
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AAS Trustee Thomas Leitch is Professor of English at the University of Delaware, where he teaches undergraduate courses in film and graduate courses in literary and cultural theory. He has been called the king of adaptation studies, the czar of adaptation studies, and (his own favorite) the bad boy of adaptation studies. His most recent books are the edited collection The Oxford Handbook of Adaptation Studies and The History of American Literature on Film.
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Monika Pietrzak-Franger is Professor of English Culture and Literature at the University of Vienna, Austria (starting October 2019). She has served as Book Review Editor of Adaptation (2011-2019). Her research is in the fields of adaptation, transmedia, Victorian and Neo-Victorian (science) cultures, Medical Humanities and gender studies. Her books include Adaptations –Performing across Media and Genres (with E. Voigts), Mash-Ups (with L. Krämer), Globalisation: Transnational Dissemination of Nineteenth-Century Cultural Texts (with A. Primorac), Syphilis in Victorian Literature and Culture, Women, Beauty, and Fashion. Her current projects include a book-length study of Victorian transmedia practices.
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AAS Trustee and ex-Co-Chair Jeremy Strong is Professor of Literature and Film at the University of West London. He serves on the editorial board of Adaptation and other journals. Widely published on adaptation, he also writes about food, culture, books, and movies. His books include James Bond Uncovered (2018), Educated Tastes: Food, Drink and Connoisseur Culture (2011) and the novel Mean Business (2013). He recently guest edited a special issue of Adaptation on ‘Adaptation and History’ (2019).
Dr Eckart Voigts is Professor of English Literature at TU Braunschweig, Germany. Most recently, he has co-edited (with Katja Krebs and Dennis Cutchins) the Routledge Companion to Adaptation (2018). He has written, edited and co-edited numerous further books and articles, such as the special issue of Adaptation (vol. 6.2, 2013) on transmedia storytelling, Introduction to Media Studies (Klett 2004), Janespotting and Beyond: British Heritage Retrovisions since the Mid-1990s (Narr 2005), Adaptations – Performing Across Media and Genres (WVT 2009) Reflecting on Darwin (Ashgate 2014), Dystopia, Science Fiction, Post-Apocalypse (WVT 2015), and Transforming Cities (Winter 2018).
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