One Thousand and One Nights: Comparative Perspectives on Adaptation and Appropriation
A conference funded by the Honeyman Foundation and the School of Modern Languages at the University of St Andrews
University of St Andrews, 31 August – 1 September 2017
The proposed conference will try to bring old and new together by exploring parallels to and possible origins of tales of 1001 Nights, as well as the wealth of modern and contemporary material that it has originated and continues to inspire.
Participants shall present on various adaptations of 1001 Nights, drawing parallels and highlighting the origin of their adaptation(s) in (and possibly the origin of) the original text traditions of the corpus. Through this, it will be possible to underline the dynamic nature and autonomous life that tales of 1001 Nights acquired and how they originated works like Edgar Allan Poe’s short parody, Jorge Luis Borges’s essays, Naguib Mahfouz’s novel, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic suite, Henri Rabaud’s opera, Paolo Pasolini’s film, Hanan al-Shaykh and Tim Supple’s play, or Haruki Murakami’s short story which was translated and published in the New Yorker in 2014. The keynote speakers will be Prof Ulrich Marzolph (University of Göttingen), Dr Claudia Ott (University of Göttingen), and Prof Sinan Antoon (New York University). Presented and submitted papers will be peer-reviewed and those accepted are planned to be published in an edited volume. Please submit your proposal to Dr Orhan Elmaz at email@example.com by 31 October 2016. Authors will be notified of acceptance by 15 November 2016, and details regarding registration deadlines and fees will follow.