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Remaking Monsters and Heroines: Adapting Classic Literature for Contemporary Audiences
Sean Connors, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

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“Embracing Popular Literary Adaptations as Educational Tools" (Blog Post)
Title: “Embracing Popular Literary Adaptations as Educational Tools"
Author: Lissette Lopez Szwydky
Author: Sean P. Connors
Abstract: Is it acceptable to teach a popular culture adaptation of a canonical text as a substitute for the original literary work? What, if anything, is lost when students view a film adaptation of Great Expectations as opposed to reading Dickens’s nineteenth-century novel? And is there ever a good reason for students who are capable of reading Romeo and Juliet to study a graphic novel adaptation of Shakespeare’s play instead? We assume we aren’t the only English teachers to have wrestled with these questions. And yet we hear these ideas described as problematic because some teachers assume that popular culture and canonical literature exist in an antagonistic relationship. When teachers create opportunities for students to experience and produce literary adaptations, they invite them to participate in a practice that is arguably as old as the institution of literature itself.
Date: 01/04/18
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Blog Title: “Embracing Popular Literary Adaptations as Educational Tools"
Website: National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Blog.