Professor Jeremy Strong
BA English Literature (Exeter University), MA Cinema Studies (New York University), PhD Novel-to-Film Adaptation (University of Stirling).
As an academic, Jeremy’s particular specialism is literary adaptation. He chairs the 'Association of Adaptation Studies' and serves on the editorial board of its journal 'Adaptation'. Widely published on literature-on-screen, he has also written on topics as diverse as food, body-building, Jane Austen, and Rambo.
Writing is also at the core of his role as a creative. Whether it’s advising a writer on a second draft, finding time for his own work, discussing the screen potential of a literary property with an agent or publisher, or reviewing a book proposal – he has always been enthralled by the world of words. Linking his scholarly and creative interests is an enthusiasm for pursuing the ways in which written texts spin out to other media, are re-purposed, shaped, adapted.
Jeremy was Head of Media at UWL between 2002 and 2007 before taking up the post of Head of Higher Education at Writtle College where he led the College’s successful bid to obtain Taught Degree Awarding Powers. In 2013 he returned to UWL to take up a Professorship.
Strong, J (expected 2017) ‘Adapting Pagnol and Provence’ in Classical French Literature on Screen. Barton Palmer and Homer Pettey (eds). Manchester University Press.
Strong, J (expected 2017) ‘Hunting, Gathering, and Foraging’ in The Routledge Handbook to Landscape and Food. Tim Waterman and Josh Zeunert (eds)
Strong, J (2016) ‘Pride and Prejudice and Permutations’ in Adapting the Canon. Ann Lewis and Arnold de Simine (eds). Legenda. Accepted for publication.
Strong , J (2015) ‘Review: Far From The Madding Crowd.’ In Review19, Dartmouth College. http://www.nbol-19.org/view_doc.php?index=396
Strong, J (2015) ‘The ‘Wandering Jew’: History, Fiction, and Adaptation.’ In New Vistas. Vol 1 Issue 1. pp 24 -31.
Strong, J (2014) ‘Rabbits are not the only meat, so why the fury over Jeanette Winterson’s fluffy meal?’ TheConversation.com
Strong, J (2014) ‘Fleming and the trouble with author biopics.’ TheConversation.com https://theconversation.com/bbc-americas-fleming-and-the-trouble-with-author-biopics-22795
Strong, J (2013) Mean Business. (novel, available on Kindle)
Strong, J (2013) ‘James Bond: International Man of Gastronomy?’ Journal of European Popular Culture. Vol. 4, No. 2. pp 155-172. (in print, February 2014)
Strong, J. (2013) ‘Talking Teams: Dialogue and the Team Film Formula’ in Film Dialogue. Jeff Jaeckle (ed.) Columbia University Press/Wallflower. pp 70 -84
Strong, J (2012) ‘Sir Joseph Banks and the Aubrey/Maturin Novels of Patrick O’Brian.’ Coriolis: Interdisciplinary Journal of Maritime Studies Vol 3, Number 2. pp 33 – 39.
Alisa Miller, John Sharp and Jeremy Strong (eds). (2012) What is Research-Led Teaching? Multi-disciplinary Perspectives. CREST Publishing. 168pp.
Strong, J. (2012) ‘Rambo on Page and Screen’ in A Companion to Literature, Film and Adaptation. Deborah Cartmell (ed.) Blackwell Publishing. pp 330 - 341.
Strong, J (2012) ‘Zen and the Art of Adaptation.’ View: The Journal of European Television History and Culture. Vol 01 issue 02/2012: ‘Europe on and behind the Screen.’
Strong, J (Ed.) (2011). Educated Tastes: Food, Drink & Connoisseur Culture. University of Nebraska Press. 293pp.
Includes ‘Introduction’ . (pp. ix-xxii) and Chapter 7, ‘A Short Poetics of Cruel Food’ (pp. 158-193) by Strong.
Strong, J (2011) ‘Reconstructing the Rose or How joining the dots (generally) makes the picture.’ Literature/Film Quarterly. Salisbury, MD; Salisbury University. Vol 39, Issue 4. pp 297 – 305.
Strong, J. (2008) ‘Team Films in Adaptation: Remembered Stories and Forgotten Books.’ Adaptation: The Journal of Literature on Screen Studies. Oxford; Oxford University Press. Vol 1, Issue 1. pp 44 – 57.
Strong, J. (2008) ‘Sweetening Jane: Equivalence through Genre, and the Problem of Class in Austen Adaptations’ The Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance. Bristol; Intellect. Vol 1, Issue 3. 205 – 219.
Re-printed with a new post-script in Global Jane Austen: Pleasure, Passion, and Possessiveness in the Jane Austen Community, L. Raw and R. Dryden (Eds) Palgrave-Macmillan (2013.) pp 83 – 102.
Strong, J. (2008) ‘Review of Dana Polan’s Scenes of Instruction: The Beginnings of the U.S. Study of Film.’ NeoAmericanist Journal. (Vol 3, Ed 2, Fall/Winter 08) The Centre for American Studies, University of Western Ontario.
Cartmell, D & Strong, J. (2007) Conference report on The Association of Literature on Screen Studies 2nd Annual Conference (a web blog)
Strong, J. (2006) ‘The modern offal-eaters’, Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture, Berkeley CA; University of California Press, 6, (2), pp 30 - 39.
Strong, J. (2006) ‘Tess, Jude and the problem adapting Hardy.’ Literature/Film Quarterly. Salisbury, MD; Salisbury University, 34, 1 pp 95 - 203.
Dowd G., Stevenson L and Strong, J (eds.). (2006) Genre Matters: Essays in theory and criticism. Bristol; Intellect Books. Editor & contributor. 178 pp
Strong, J. (2006) ‘Crews, squads, sevens, elevens and dozens: the team film genre’ Kinema: A journal for film and audiovisual media. Ontario; University of Waterloo Press, 26, pp 39 – 54.
Strong, J. (2003) ‘Flex and the language of bodybuilding’ in J. Still (ed.), Men’s Bodies, Paragraph. Numbers 1 & 2, March/July. Edinburgh; Edinburgh University Press, 163 -174.
Strong, J. (2002 – 2003). Scripsit: The Faculty Research Newsletter of the London College of Music & Media. Founding Editor.
Strong, J. (1997) ‘The mimetic fallacy: why adaptations disappoint.’ in J. M. Santamaria, E. Pajares, V. Olsen, R. Merino, F. Eguiluz (eds.), Trasvases Culturales: Literatura, cine, traduccion 2. Vitoria-Gasteiz; Universidad del Pais Vasco, pp 351 - 359.
Strong, J. (1997) ‘From Idea to Image.’ Sexto taller de Doctorado Europeo: Madrid ‘97(Proceedings), European Network of Communication & Media, pp 115 – 121.
(2015) Strong, J 'London Clubs in Literature: a leisurely stroll through London’s club-land'. A guided walk as part of The Culture Capital Exchange’s London Walking Weekend. 17th April 2015.
(2014) Strong, J. 'Seven Deadly Sins: A Story of Cruel and Unsustainable Eating' Invited speaker at The Challenge of Sustainability in a Finite World conference. Writtle College, 21st November 2014.
(2014) Strong, J. 'Pride and Prejudice and Permutations'. Adapting the Canon conference. Institute of Modern Languages Research, Senate House, London. 10th October 2014.
(2014) Strong, J. 'Fleming, Bond, and the Author Biopic' The 9th Conference of the Association of Adaptation Studies. Flagler College, Florida. 26th – 28th September 2014.
(2014) Strong, J. 'Killing the Pig.' Of Places and Tastes: Terroir, Locality, and the Negotiation of Gastro-cultural Boundaries. The 2nd Perugia Food Studies Conference. The Umbra Institute. June 5 – 8th, 2014.
(2013) Strong, J. 'Meat/Fat/People.' Keynote speaker at the 9 Billion conference, University of Essex. November 22nd 2013.
(2012) Food. A joint Writtle College/University of Essex Conference. Writtle College, November 23rd 2012. Organized by Jeremy Strong, Tim Waterman and Prof. Nigel South.
(2012) Strong, J 'James Bond: International Man of Gastronomy.' Invited speaker at Newman University Research Seminar. October 24th 2012.
(2012) Strong, J. 'Melmotte, Maxwell, and 'Wandering Jews' in modern adaptations.' 7th Conference of the Association of Adaptation Studies, University of York, September 27th-28th 2012.
(2012) Strong, J. 'Adapting Graham Greene.' Invited speaker at the From Page to Screen Film Festival, Bridport Arts Centre, April 13th 2012
(2011) Strong, J. 'Zen and the Art of Adaptation.' 6th Conference of the Association of Adaptation Studies: The Intellectual Silk Road: Cross-Media and Cross-Cultural Adaptations. Yeni Yuzyil University, Istanbul. 29-30 September 2011.
(2011) Real And Imagined Cities. A joint Writtle College/University of Essex Conference. University of Essex, November 16th 2011. Organized by Jeremy Strong and Prof. Nigel South.
(2011) Strong, J. 'Sir Joseph Banks and the Aubrey/Maturin novels of Patrick O’Brian' Exploring Empire: Sir Joseph Banks, India and the 'Great Pacific Ocean' – Science, Travel, Trade & Culture 1768–1820. Conference held in conjunction with the National Maritime Museum, London. 24-25 June 2011.
(2010) The Horse and other Animals. A joint Writtle College/University of Essex Conference. Writtle College, November 17th 2010. Organized by Jeremy Strong and Prof. Nigel South.
(2010) Strong, J. 'The Taste of Adaptation.' 5th Conference of the Association of Adaptation Studies: Rewriting, Remixing, and Reloading: Adaptations across the Globe. Centre for British Studies, Humboldt University, Berlin. October 1st 2010.
(2009) Sustainability and the Environment. A joint Writtle College/University of Essex Conference. University of Essex, November 20th, 2009. Organized by Jeremy Strong and Prof. Nigel South.
(2009) Strong, J. 'Good Practice in promoting progression from Further to Higher Education.' Association of Universities in the East of England & the Association of Colleges in the Eastern Region Annual Conference. Abingdon, 22nd October 2009.
(2009) Strong, J 'The Literary Rambo' 4th Conference of the Association of Adaptation Studies. British Film Institute, London. September 25th 2009.
(2008) Landscape and Narrative. A joint Writtle College/University of Essex Symposium. Writtle College, November 28th, 2008. Organized by Jeremy Strong and Prof. Nigel South.
Strong, J (2008) 'Landscapes from Page to Screen.' Landscape and Narrative Symposium. Writtle College, November 28th, 2008.
Strong, J. (2008) 'Blood, Guts, and Taste'. Taste Conference, University of Essex/De Universiteit voor Humanistiek/ Copenhagen Business School, Southend Campus, 5th November 2008.
Strong, J. (2008) 'Reconstructing The Name of The Rose'. 3rd Conference of the Association of Literature on Screen Studies, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 26th September 2008.
Strong, J. (2008) 'The Name of The Rose: Looking and making meaning' The Literary Art of Murder Conference, Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK, 5th April 2008.
Strong, J and Warr, L. (2008) 'Challenges for Dual-Sector Institutions'. HE in FE. Promoting Collaboration: Working Together in Partnership. A conference organised by the Association of Universities in the East of England & the Association of Colleges in the Eastern Region. Newmarket. 21st February 2008.
Strong, J. (2007) 'Proust, Taste & Memory.' Invited speaker at Crosscurrents in Theory, Thames Valley University, London. 23rd November 2007.
Strong, J. (2007) 'Team films in adaptation: remembered stories and forgotten books', 2nd Conference of the Association of Literature on Screen Studies, Oglethorpe University Atlanta, USA, 22nd September 2007.
Strong, J. (2007) 'The Great Escape: Anatomy of a Team Film' Invited speaker at Crosscurrents in Theory, Thames Valley University, London. May 2007.
Strong, J. (2006) 'Tess, Jude and the problem adapting Hardy', Association of Literature on Screen Studies: Inaugural Conference, De Montfort University, UK, 11-12 September 2006.
Strong, J. (2006) 'Austen, adaptation & genre'. From the Blank Page to the Silver Screen: Film Adaptations in the English Speaking World, Conference, University of South Brittany, France, 31 May - 1 June 2006.
Strong, J. (2004) 'About suffering: pain, old age and violent death in the western movies of Sam Peckinpah.' The Senses Conference, Thames Valley University. Ealing, UK, 6 February 2004.
Strong, J. (2003) 'Big themes for the big screen' Widescreen Cinema Conference, Sheffield Hallam University/National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, Bradford. 10-13 July 2003.
Strong, J. (2003) 'Flexing, looking and the language of body building' Languages of Gender Conference, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus, 16-17 May 2003.
(2002) Genre – an Interdisciplinary Conference at TVU. September 20th, 2002. Organised by Jeremy Strong with Drs. Garin Dowd and Lesley Stevenson.
Strong, J. (2001) 'The Language of Bodybuilding' Men’s Bodies Conference, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK, 29-31 March 2001.
Strong, J. (1997) 'Adaptation', 6th Annual Doctoral Workshop in Communication, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain, June 1997.
Strong, J. (1996) 'The mimetic fallacy: why adaptations disappoint', 2nd Conference on Cultural Transfer, Universidad del Pais Vasco, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, July 1996.
|Student||Role in team||Thesis title|
|Callum Cant||Second supervisor||The workers are doing it themselves? Strike action in the UK, 2008-2018|
|Alva Gotby||Second supervisor||They call it love – Materialist feminism and emotional labour|
|Alastair Hagger||Principal supervisor||‘The Notorious Turpin’: A Television Screenplay, and a Thesis on Myth-making in Adaptations of the Life of a Historical British Criminal|
|Pam Myers||Second supervisor||Mad Men, Meerkats and Microphones – the impact of voice overs on the effectiveness of UK radio & TV advertising from 1955|
|Marcus Nicholls||Principal supervisor||Examining Adaptation in and Through Decadent Literature|
|Marguerite Nolan||Principal supervisor||Your Utopia, my Dystopia: An Enquiry into the Narrative and Dramatic Potentialities of Plato’s Republic as Realised in the Form of a Dystopian Novel|
|Ariane Lengyel||Second supervisor||Celebrity Chefs and the Acquisition of Taste in Contemporary British Society|
Completed Research Degrees
|Student||Role in team||Thesis title||Date of award|
|Dennis Otrebski||Principal supervisor||
(Visual) Representations of Old Age and Older People in (Print) Advertising: Histories of Scholarship for and a Contemporary Cross-Cultural Analysis of Germany and Australia.