Between Page and Screen: Remaking Literature through Cinema and Cyberspace

Between Page and Screen: Remaking Literature through Cinema and Cyberspace

Between Page and Screen: Remaking Literature through Cinema and Cyberspace

Between Page and Screen: Remaking Literature through Cinema and Cyberspace

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This book advocates an integrative approach to literature and screenbased media—not only literature and digital media, but also film and television. This comprehensive approach allows us to reassess current remediations of literature in relation to its earlier transformations on screen. Since the early twentieth century, literary genres have been traveling across magnetic, wireless, and electronic planes. These travels have changed “the literary” as a heterogeneous field. Literature may be anything from acoustic poetry and oral performance to verbal-visual constellations in print and on screen, cinematic narratives, and hyperfiction and cell phone novels. New technologies have left their imprint on literature as a paper-based medium, and vice versa. Literature no longer has a single material location, and one may wonder if it ever had one.

What, indeed, is the location of literature? In her design for a new comparative literature, Emily Apter has argued for a comparative practice without location, without “national predicate.” Such a practice would rather center on the space and interactions between languages. This volume adds to that project the dimension of intermediality, focusing on a literature that has no single material predicate—or at least, a literature that has different material locations, rather than the book and the paper page alone. Our contribution to such a more multidimensional comparative literature is to map the “literary” as a mode in between page and screen technologies: books, film, television, and digital media. Our aim is to analyze the interactions between pages and . . .

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