Virginia Intermont College Assistant Professor of English Judith Wylie completed advanced research this summer through a fellowship with the Jessie Ball duPont Summer Seminars for Liberal Arts College Faculty at the National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, N.C.
The three-week residential seminar, “Turning Literature Into Film: The Poetics and Politics of Adaptation,” was led by Joseph Luzzi, Assistant Professor and Director of Italian Studies, Bard College. It explored the adaptation of literary sources for cinema and analyzed how film directors translate literary language, metaphors, and allusions into the medium.
Participants considered several films and also discussed the recent proliferation in Hollywood of literary-cinematic “period pieces” based on the works of authors such as Jane Austen and E. M. Forster.
Wylie recently won an award for best faculty paper in bringing Austen’s novels to the forefront at Middle Tennessee State University’s Interdisciplinary Conference In Women’s Studies. She has a Master’s Degree from the Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury, Vt., and an additional Master’s in philosophy and a Ph.D. in English from Drew University, Madison, N.J. She has contributed to the Victorians Institute Journal (“Incarnate Crimes: Masculine Gendering and the Double in Jane Eyre”) and to Persuasions: the Jane Austen Journal (“Dancing in Chains: Feminist Satire in Pride and Prejudice”). She is currently working on a book focusing on the relationship of feminist film theory to Austen’s subversive comic strategies entitled, Jane Laughs: Ambiguous Humor in the Writings of Jane Austen.
The National Humanities Center is the only major independent American institute for advanced study in all fields of the humanities and provides the summer seminars for faculty from duPont Fund-eligible institutions. They are designed to give faculty the opportunity to explore with leading scholars significant topics of interest to teachers in a variety of disciplines.