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Literary Festival 2011 - Adaptation in an age of Digitisation: its fans, practitioners and foes


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Speaker(s): Dr Shakuntala Banaji, Professor Andrew Burn, Blake Morrison
Chair: Professor Sonia Livingstone

Recorded on 17 February 2011 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building.

This provocative panel centres on the range of adaptations practised in today’s diverse multimedia landscape. These include adaptations of format (book to screen, game to film, short-story to stage) and adaptations of place, time and culture (Shakespeare into Hindi film). The panel will ask: How and why do such adaptations retain the original flavour and appeal to wide audiences? Is something lost in the process? Shakuntala Banaji lectures in International Media and Film in the Media and Communications Department at the LSE. Andrew Burn is Professor of Media Education at the Institute of Education. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, former Chair of the Poetry Book Society and Vice-Chair of PEN, Blake Morrison has written fiction, poetry, journalism, literary criticism and libretti, as well as adapting plays for the stage.

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