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CFP AAIS Bologna, The Power of Adaptation for Unlocking Literary Texts, Media, History and Historical Figures.

  • 21 Oct 2021 1:53 PM
    Message # 11721699

    The Power of Adaptation for Unlocking Literary Texts, Media, History and Historical Figures.

    History and historical figures have remained a key source for television and cinema since their inception. The resulting adaptations tend to be fictionalized representations and interpretations. Italian history with its melodramatic figures and their storied tales have become a core material for transmedia storytelling, as it once was for opera. But what is left of history and its figures, and what has been altered and why? In the case of Giovanni Sforza, accurate historical depiction seems conspicuously inconvenient for storyline and consumer reaction. Such are the depictions in the two Borgias, where we are offered a Giovanni who is meek and fey (in the 1981 British television series), and a Giovanni who is cruel and violent (in Showtime’s 2011 series). Neither is an accurate portrayal. This panel examines the motives for what is left of history in adaptation and what is changed.  Of outmost significance, is what it tells about a society that reimagines history in a fictional manner. Possible topics may include:

    • Adaptation of historical figures to television and cinema, and the changes in historical events that it fosters.
    • Adaptations of history to the opera libretto.
    • The historical female figure as fictional femme fatale.
    • Comic and/or film adaptations in dialogue with original texts.
    • Adaptations as aesthetically rich works in their own rights.
    • -Adaptation and transmedia storytelling in convergence and participatory culture.
    • Transmedia narratives, translation, and adaptation.
    • Please, send a 250-word abstract and a 75-word bio by January 10, 2022 to Jason Collins at and Annachiara Mariani at


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