Miller Contributes to PAMLA Panel on Cinematic Literary Adaptations

Gregory Miller, Ph.D., who teaches in the Departments of English and Communications, presented his paper, “‘An American Tragedy’ Goes to Hollywood” at the annual Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference in Claremont, California in October 2011. The panel considered the question of failed literary adaptations. In his talk, which focused on George Stevens’ ‘A Place in the Sun,’ an adaptation of Theodore Dreiser’s ‘An American Tragedy,’ Miller maintained that successful cinematic adaptations of literature must be unfaithful to the source because film and literature are intrinsically different mediums. Along the way, Miller referenced literary adaptations of “No Country for Old Men,” “Billy Budd,” and “Solaris,” among others.

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