During the week of May 2, the UMF courses participating in the Adaptations Co-Lab staged a week-long event called Adaptacon. Following the practice of science fiction, cosplay, and anime conventions, Adaptacon offered two tracks, creative and academic. Students presented critical papers on adaptation as well as staging, screening, displaying their own adaptations.

Adaptacon culminated in a party and costume contest, a final celebration of adaptation, where many of the creative adaptations were performed and displayed. The central event of the evening was a costume contest (in which contestants came dressed as their favorite literary or media-related characters). Additionally, there was a tableau vivant of the Seven Deadly Sins (see photos above); scenes from a new translation and adaptation of Sophocles’ play Ajax; Jane Austen and Emily Dickinson set to music; poster displays from Francophone Cultures Through Film; an installation by INS 377 (Border Crossings) students; various adaptation projects from British Texts and Contexts and American Texts and Contexts; and much, much more. Below is a selection of photographs from the evening.


Lauren Crosby sang three songs, each one an adaptation of a different Jane Austen novel (including a bluesy Emma), while the Seven Deadly Sins listened.


Richard Southard adapted four Walt Whitman poems to card magic.


Artwork by Marissa Smith and Lauren Stetson (based on Cheryl Savageau’s poetry collection Mother/Land and Elizabeth Strout’s novel Olive Kitteridge).


There was a lot going on throughout the building during the event, including British Text and Contexts presentations in one of the basement classrooms.

Costume Contest:



From Sophocles’s Ajax, adapted to a contemporary setting:




Adaptacon involved several participating courses:

ART 221 Painting I

ENG 251 British Texts and Contexts I

ENG 272 American Texts and Contexts

ENG 477 Popular Genres

ENG 477 Jane Austen and Popular Culture

INS  377 Border Crossings

FYS 100 Francophone Cultures through Films

As part of the academic track, both Popular Genres and Jane Austen and Popular Culture offered panels where students presented their final research projects from the two classes:

Panel Title: Horror

Kurt Mason, “Scream Queens: A Genre Mash-Up and Modern Revival of the Classic Whodunnit”

Angela Hutchins, “No Flesh Shall Be Spared: The Challenge of Female Conventions of the Horror Genre in Richard Stanley’s Film Hardware

Josiah Adams, “Zombies and the Mediums of their Dismemberment”

Kat Newcombe, “Eat the Children: Zombies in Young Adult Literature as Seen in Charlie Higson’s The Enemy Series

Francis Hartnett, “Perpetuating Hatred in the Face of Extinction: Apocalyptic Bigotry and Telltale’s The Walking Dead

Carolyn Newhouse, “From a Scream to a Snicker: An Exploration of Horror-Comedy as a Genre”

Panel Title: Popular Genres and History

Holland Corson, “The Fall of Non-Fiction: Mockumentary and the Destruction of the Documentary”

Brandi Merry, “The Nostalgia of Mad Men: Adapting the Historical Novel to Television”

Robyn Noe, “Adapting Arthurian Fantasy: From T.H. White to BBC’s Merlin

Victoria Alagna, “From The War Zone To Your TV Screen: An Analysis of Call of Duty As A War-Themed Video Game”

Panel Title: Superhero and Science Fiction

Nikki Hodgins, “’Deceived by their true nature’: An Exploration of Morality in the Superhero Genre Through the Lens of Marvel’s Daredevil

Avalon Almador, “Dexter Morgan: The Complexities of a Tragic Hero”

Justin Fisette, “’Genre is irrelevant. Your genres will adapt to service us’: The Borg as both zombie and science fiction”

Janelle Noonan, “’Put these References Waaay up Inside your *ahem,* Morty’: Intertextuality and Fan Genre in Rick and Morty

Jane Austen and Contemporary Culture

Kimberly Biddlecom,”‘None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives:’ Overcoming Gender Limitations in Persuasion” (9:50-10:15)

Madeline Boyes, “Exploring Motherhood in the Works of Jane Austen” (10:15-10:40)

Astra Pierson, “Freedom and Limitation in Clueless” (10:40-11:05)

Nathaniel Duggan, “Adaptation as Conversation: Rediscovering Relevance in Mansfield Park through Film” (11:05-11:30)

Lauren Crosby, “The Defense of Fanny Price through a Feminist Lens” (10:10-10:30)

Josh Cardella,  “A Conversation: Adaptations of the Second Proposal Scene in Pride and Prejudice” (10:30-10:50)

Elizabeth Ferry, “Re-vision of Pleasure v. Virtue in Sense and Sensibility–Austen’s Classic, Film Adaptation, and Young Adult Literature”  (10:50-11:10)

Dot White, “The Box Hill Picnic: Prelude and Postlude” (11:10-11:30)

Jane Austen and Popular Genres (students from both classes on one panel)

Gia Pilgrim, “Contemporary Cross-Cultural Adaptation of Jane Austen: In Bollywood and Hispanic America”

Audrey Blaufuss, “Adaptation Takes the Next Step: Cinematic Techniques Evolve New Meaning in Persuasion

Jasmine Heckler, “The Conversation of Morality in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park and Present-Day Fan Fiction”

Curtis Cole, “Plateau, 2016 A.D- ∞: Understanding the Zombic-machine’s Semiological Features”



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  1. Coral

     /  May 14, 2016

    Photo credit?

    • Michael K. Johnson

       /  May 25, 2016

      I believe I took all the photos that I included in the post.


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