The Association of Adaptation Studies Trustees 2023


Thomas Leitch
AAS Trustee Thomas Leitch is Unidel Andrew B. Kirkpatrick, Jr. Chair of Writing 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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Anna Blackwell 

Anna Blackwell is an Assistant Professor in Drama at the University of Nottingham. Both her teaching and research focus on the performance and adaptation of early modern theatre within contemporary culture. Her first monograph, Shakespearean Celebrity in the Digital Age, was published in 2018 by Palgrave. Other publications include chapters in the edited collections, The Arden Research Handbook to Shakespeare and Adaptation (2022), Variable Objects: Dispossessed Agency in Shakespeare (2021) and The Routledge Companion to Adaptation (2018). She has also been published in the journals English Literature, Adaptation, and the Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance. Anna was recently co-investigator on the AHRC-funded project, Transforming Middlemarch and her next project is on craft adaptations of the literary canon and the precarity of creative employment in neoliberal economies.

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kyle meikle 1Kyle Meikle
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 Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research, and 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. She is founding editor of Adaptation (the journal of the Association of Adaptation Studies, published by Oxford University Press) and Shakespeare (the journal of the British Shakespeare Association, published by Routledge). Her most recent books are Adaptations: Critical and Primary Sources, 3 volumes  (with Imelda Whelehan), Bloomsbury 2022, and A Companion to the Biopic (with Ashley Polasek), Blackwell, 2019. She is currently working on a monograph for her Bloomsbury Adaptation Histories series, Adaptations at War and a project with Peter J. Smith and the King Richard III Visitor Centre (Leicester) on Richard III Adaptations.

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Joyce Goggin
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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Monika Pietrzak-Franger
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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jeremy-strongJeremy Strong
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).

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Eckart Voigts
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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