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Saturday, 08 January

517. Billy in the Darbies . . . and on Page, Stage, and Screen: Adaptations of Herman Melville’s Billy Budd

12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., Platinum Salon F, J. W. Marriott

Program arranged by the Lyrica Society for Word-Music Relations and the Melville Society

Presiding: Joseph Fruscione, Georgetown Univ.

Speakers: Elizabeth Alsop, Graduate Center, City Univ. of New York; Geoffrey Green, San Francisco State Univ.; Marcia Green, Humanities Education and Research Assn.; Gerard Anthony McGowan, US Military Acad.; Richard Middleton-Kaplan, William Rainey Harper Coll., IL

This session examines adaptations of Melville’s Billy Budd. Since 2011 is the fiftieth anniversary of Britten’s opera, several speakers will discuss how he adapted the novella for the operatic stage. Other speakers will discuss radio and film adaptations.

For abstracts, visit http://people.hofstra.edu/john_L_bryant/Melville/index.html.

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