The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 30.031  Thursday, 24 January 2019


From:        Douglas Lanier <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         January 24, 2019 at 10:59:16 AM EST

Subject:    Adaptation Studies


Dear SHAKSPERians,


I’m spearheading an effort to get “Adaptation Studies” approved as a discussion forum at the national MLA, and I’m hoping that those readers of SHAKSPER who are MLA members might consider helping, since many of us are involved in Shakespeare adaptation studies.


The process of approval has two stages. First, we need to get sufficient signatures on a petition (35 is the minimum) to establish the discussion forum. Once we have sufficient signatures and national MLA recognizes the petition, stage two will be to craft a formal proposal after which the MLA committee will evaluate and approve the proposal and officially establish the group.


For the moment, what’s needed is for MLA members to sign the online petition in favor of establishing the forum. Here are instructions for doing so:


1. Log on to MLA Commons at If you’re not already registered for MLA Commons, you can do so on this page (and it’s free).

2. Click on “Groups and Forums” on the left side of the page.

3. Type “Adaptation Studies” in the search box. This will take you to the link for “Prospective Forum: Adaptation Studies.”

4. After clicking on the “Prospective Forum: Adaptation Studies”  link, click on the “Petition” link which you’ll see in the replies. That will take you to the petition.

5. Reply to the petition with the sentence “I support this petition.” If you are willing to be considered for a leadership position in the forum, add “I am willing to serve in a leadership position in this forum.”


That’s it. It’s very easy to do. Signing the petition does not obligate you to do anything more, unless you’d like to be involved in the process of writing the formal proposal. Unfortunately, you have to be an MLA member to sign the petition. And to be clear, this group will be devoted to “Adaptation Studies” more generally, not only adaptation of Shakespeare, but its work should benefit all of us laboring in that field. I appreciate you considering support of this petition.


Douglas Lanier

Department of English

University of New Hampshire




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