Media Borders, Multimodality and Intermediality

Lars Elleström (ed.): Media Borders, Multimodality and Intermediality. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 26 March 2010.

ISBN: 978-0-230-23860-2; 304 pp.; 15 b/w ills.; 55 GBP

Media Borders, Multimodality, and Intermediality is a collection of sixteen essays dealing with
theoretical questions concerning the relations between various forms of art and new media.
Intermediality and multimodality have become buzzwords over the last decade, but surprisingly
little effort has been made to circumscribe theoretically what media and modes actually are and how the notions of intermediality and multimodality are related. The aim of the volume is to illuminate these very basic queries in order to facilitate communication and theoretical crossfertilization over the borders between the aesthetic disciplines, media and communication studies,semiotics, linguistics, and other research fields. The essays deal with combinations, integrations, mediations and transformations of old and new media. Theoretical issues, centred on the core question of media borders, are foregrounded, but the volume also includes a wide range of case studies, including medieval ballads, biopoetry, Lettrism, television, field guides, music, film, digital media and performance.

CONTENTS: Introduction: L.Elleström * PART I: MEDIA, MODALITIES, AND MODES * The
Modalities of Media: A Model for Understanding Intermedial Relations; L.Elleström * PART II:
MEDIA BORDERS OF QUALIFIED MEDIA * Border Talks: The Problematic Status of Media
Borders in the Current Debate about Intermediality; I.Rajewsky * Intermedial Topography and
Metaphorical Interaction; A.Englund * Intermedial Strategies in Multimedia Art; C.Ljungberg *
PART III: COMBINATIONS AND INTEGRATIONS OF MEDIA * ‘Media’ before ‘Media’ Were
Invented: The Medieval Ballad and the Romanesque Church; S.Kværndrup * The Intermediality
of Field Guides: Notes Towards a Theory; H.Sandgren * Media on the Edge of Nothingness:
Visual Apostrophes in Lettrism; S.Sjöberg * PART IV: MEDIATIONS AND TRANSFORMATIONS
OF MEDIA * Penrose, ‘Seeing is Believing’: Intentionality, Mediation, and Comprehension in the
Arts; S.Bruhn * Beyond Definition: A Pragmatic Approach to Intermediality; V.Robillard *
Translating Sounds: Intermedial Exchanges in Amy Lowell’s ‘Stravinsky’s Three Pieces
“Grotesques” for String Quartet’; R.Schober * ‘Transgenic Art’: The Biopoetry of Eduardo Kac;
C.Clüver * Photo/graphic Traces in Dubravka Ugrešic’s The Museum of Unconditional
Surrender; K.Sándor * The Dance of Intermediality: Attempt at a Semiotic Approach of
Medium Specificity and Intermediality in Film; H.Király * Media in the Cinematic Imagination:
Ekphrasis and the Poetics of the In-Between in Jean-Luc Godard’s Cinema; A.Peth * PART V:
THE BORDERS OF MEDIA BORDERS * Heteromediality; J.Bruhn * Intermediality Revisited:
Some Reflections about Basic Principles of this Axe de pertinence; J.E.Müller * Notes *
Bibliography * Index

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Ann. updated 2009-11-13