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Adapting America/America Adapted

In Ableism, Call for papers on November 12, 2008 at 8:53 pm

This anthology, which will be published by Edwin Mellen Press in 2009, seeks *to break new ground in the field of adaptation studies*, specifically, as a branch of American Studies that not only encompasses literature and visual
media, but also a wide-range of subject areas including, but not limited to, history, anthropology, political science, philosophy, sociology, the performing arts, and cultural/ethnic studies. By looking at adaptation
specifically in relation to the United States, we seek to investigate a variety of culturally and historically transformative strategies. We also seek to examine how the process of adaptation has been influenced by social,
ideological and political factors both inside and outside the United States.

While, traditionally, adaptation refers to the transformation of literary texts into different forms of media (e.g., films and television programs), the concept of adaptation can also be applied to other disciplines. Historians engage in process of negotiating or “adapting” various histories, or dialogues, when they tell the story of a nation; politicians adapt/adopt different philosophies, at different times, to suit their particular
interests; and artists and musicians adapt/adopt a broad range of cultural signifiers when creating new works, conventions, and/or trends.

The editors of *Adapting America/America Adapted* invite full-length anthology chapters that consider adaptation, broadly conceived. We particularly encourage chapters which incorporate transdisciplinary explorations of adaptation, and welcome submissions from any field of study.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

– Processes/purposes of adaptation
– Adaptation and its motives (e.g., intentionality)
– Adapting history for political reasons/historical reinvention
– Popular history: creation and reception
– Foreign policy and adaptation
– Audience and adaptation
– Trans or intercultural adaptation
– Cultural outcomes/products of adaptation (hybridity, creolization, metissage, mestizaje)
– Racial adaptation (“passing”)
– Musical adaptation (e.g., sampling in rap music)
– Artistic adaptation
– Cross-cultural adaptation (e.g., African elements in American
Jazz/Blues)
– Lingual adaptation (e.g., ebonics)
– Transformation/transmutation of ideas
– (Re)creation/simulacra
– Mimicry, authenticity, and adaptation
– Forced adaptation (e.g., colonization, imperialism)
– Americanization, assimilation, acculturation
– Indigenous adaptation
– Identity and adaptation
– The appeal/limits of adaptation
– Sex/gender adaptation (e.g., transvestitism, berdachism)
– Conscious adaptation (e.g., metafiction)
– Self-writing (e.g., transforming personal experiences into literature)
– Bodily adaptations
– Biopics
– Pastiches/parodies/satire
– Literature/film adaptation
– Video/board games and popular songs based on classic films and/or literary texts
– Architectural adaptation
– Semiotics of adaptation
– Psychological/emotional adaptation
– Pedagogical applications of adaptation

*All chapters must adhere to the MLA style and be a minimum of 5,000 words
(max. 6,000 words).* Submissions should be sent to Drs. Laurence Raw,
Tanfer Emin Tunc and Gulriz Buken via email: adaptingamerica@gmail.com

We also request a one paragraph biography from each author. Please keep the
following time line in mind when submitting a chapter:

– Final deadline for submission of chapters: *December 31, 2008*
– Notification of acceptance: *January 31, 2009*
– Due date of revised chapter: *March 15, 2009*
– Due date of final chapter: *April 1, 2009*

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