International Conference

Literature to Cinema
Adaptation, Appropriation, Adulteration
1-3 June 2013

Organized by
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences National Institute of Technology Durgapur Durgapur, WB, 713209 India

Concept Note Literature has been a source of inspiration for cinema since its inception. Across the globe, the world cinema is replete with movies based on literary works. Though there is no beginning and end of this amalgamation of literature and cinema, this journey can be traced roughly from the BBC series on the complete works of Shakespeare to the latest Lee film Life of Pi based on the Yann Martel’s novel of the same name. This journey is not only interesting but also thought provoking. Even Indian Film Industry is not untouched by this fast emerging genre. In the genre Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali and Dev Anand’s Guide are the milestones of yesteryear while Bhardwaj’s Omkara, and Amir’s Three Idiots are some of the Indian blockbusters of contemporary cinema. Though both literature and cinema are arts of narration, their ways of representation are completely different. There are multifarious effects of this blend which are positive as well as negative. Our texts reach out to local audiences only when they are modified in order to make them relevant to the cultural and ideological concerns of the new audiences that were far removed from the writer’s vision. On one hand it provides a larger audience to literary texts, while on the other, we observe an acute decline in the readership of these texts in the presence of their audio-visual counterparts. The present conference would attempt to underline the pros and cons of this expedition. Our endeavour would be to find out whether these adaptations and appropriations of literary texts are really doing some good to literature or in the pursuit of entertainment and popularity they are reducing our canonical texts to mere adulterations. We would try to bring into dialogue reception theory, adaptation studies, film studies, and postcolonial interpretation of the canons. We welcome research papers from a variety of approaches to this journey of literature towards cinema.

Suggested topics may include but are not limited to the following:  Woman in contemporary Literature and Cinema  Canons and Blockbusters  Gender Issues and Identity Crisis.  Party Literature and Dalit Issues.  Partition Literature and Postcolonialism.  Hollywood, Bollywood, and Tollywood  Originality and Popularity  Modern Technology, Literature and Cinema An Abstract of about 300 words may be submitted electronically (as attachment in MS-word) by 30 March 2013, to Name, institutional affiliation, e-mail, standard mailing address and phone/cell number should be mentioned in the abstract attachment. The conference steering committee will screen all the abstracts and notify the accepted abstracts by 7 April 2013. All presenters of accepted papers may be expected to pay the conference registration fee by 30 April 2013. Abstracts will not be accepted for inclusion into the programme or abstract book unless the registration fee is paid. Registration Fee Overseas Delegate: $120 Outstation Participants a)Faculty Rs. 2500 b)Student Rs. 1800 Local Participant (Without accommodation) a)Faculty Rs. 2000 b)Student Rs. 1500 Mode of Registration: The selected presenters may register themselves by sending a hard copy of registration form dully filled in

(formerly known as Durgapur Regional Engineering College [REC]) is an Institute of National Importance. Government of India. For more. The nearest railway station is Durgapur [IR Code. in favour of “Literature to Cinema 2013” payable at SBI. under the Ministry of Human Resource Development. in the district of Burdwan. located about 160 KMs west of Kolkata. Travelling Allowance The TA may be provided for the shortest route. Durgapur. How to reach The Institute is located about 160 KMs north-west of Kolkata on the Howrah-Delhi Railway-Route. please visit: selected papers may be invited to go forward for development into 20-25 page chapters for publication in a themed dialogic ISBN hard copy volume. and it is one of the most prominent seats of higher education.DGR]. Joydeep Banerjee Dr. The National Institute of Technology Durgapur. Shri Krishan Rai Members Ms Tanya Chakraborty Mr Punyajit Gupta Mr Abhik Mukherjee International Conference Literature to Cinema TRAIN (Sleeper class) to select participants subject to availability of funds. Appropriation. The City of Durgapur Durgapur is a city in the state of West Bengal.along with the demand draft. Adulteration 1-3 June 2013 Registration Form Name Designation Institution : : : Mailing Address Title of the Paper : : Date and Time of Arrival Date and Time of Departure Accommodation Required Details of Registration Fee : : : : : Yes/No Dates to remember Last date of abstract submission: 30 March 2013 Confirmation of abstract acceptance: 7 April 2013 Last date of registration-fee payment: 30April 2013 Date Signature of Delegate : . Accommodation Shared accommodation shall be available in the Institute hostels on request. details of hotels will be made available to them. to and fro. as applicable.php. In case delegates wish to make their own For postal address Dr Arindam Modak Department of Humanities and Social Sciences National Institute of Technology Durgapur MG Avenue Durgapur (WB) India Pin 713209. Arindam Modak Dr. Publication Apart from the abstract book publication. India. you may contact Dr Shri Krishan Rai Cell : +919434788019 e -mail: srikrishanrai4@gmail. For further queries. Cell: 09434788053 Organizing Committee Patron Prof T Kumar Chairperson Prof BN Chakrabarti Chief Advisor Prof PP Sengupta Organizing Secretaries Dr. NH 2 and SH 9 pass through the city.