Intermediality: Where Literature and other Media Meet
What do graphic novels, musicals, literary photo-texts, and the movie adaptation of, say, Pride and Prejudice starring Keira Knightly have in common? All of these different genres and works are examples of intermediality, a phenomenon which, according to Irina Rajewsky, has proliferated in the arts since the 1990s – especially within the realm of literature.
Accordingly, this lecture attempts to investigate the instances in which literature and other media meet by pursuing two general objectives: firstly, the concept of ‘intermediality’ has to be defined – its borders have to be outlined (this is why intermediality will be contrasted with related, ‘competing’ concepts such as ‘intertextuality’) and its inner structure has to be disclosed (this is why its main forms will be determined). Secondly, examples of different forms of intermediality at the intersection of literature and other media, such as film, painting, music, and photography, will be given and examined.
Christine Schwanecke studied English, German, and History in Heidelberg and London. In her PhD thesis on intermedial storytelling, which was sponsored by theStudienstiftung, she examined the interrelation between photography and literature. Between 2009 and 2011 she was an Academic Assistant at the English Department of the University of Heidelberg. Working on her second project on narration in drama, she is looking forward to joining the JLU and the GCSC teams as IPP coordinator in April 2012.