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Between adaptation, intermediality and cultural series: the example of the photonovel

Jan Baetens
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Artnodes. (18) Nodo Narrativas Transmediales
Intermediality, (Rosalind) Krauss, transmediality, photonovel, romance
This article first addresses some general claims concerning the notions of transmediality and transmediality, which are examined from the viewpoint of medium-specificity and constrained writing. It suggests that medium migration is inevitable bunt not unlimited and that one has to take into account the complex interplay of threats and opportunities that are produced by the dynamics of an open media system. Second, it studies the less-known genre of the photonovel to display some of these handicaps and possibilities, with a strong emphasis on the socio-cultural and historical context of the works, whose form and function varies in often very surprising ways. It also includes a theoretical debate with other analyses of the photonovel, such as the “double face-out” theory developed by Rosalind Krauss (and later appropriated by Diarmuid Costello) in her reading of the post-photonovel installation art of James Coleman.
  • Universidad de Granada
  • Ministerio de economía y competitividad