Open Seminar “Inter- and Transmediality. Forging a Path Through a Terminological Babel”
Open Seminar with Professor Irina Rajewsky, October 30th, 5h30 p.m., Sala de Reuniões (Geral, 2º piso).
Abstract: Current research abounds in overlapping terms which in one way or another all refer to relations between media. While ‘intermediality’ has certainly been one of the most successful terms to emerge over the past 25 years, recent notions such as ‘media convergence’, ‘cross-’ and, most notably, ‘transmediality’ seem to have taken pole position. This raises questions 1) as to the basic understanding of ‘inter-’ and ‘transmediality’ and 2) as to how these categories relate to, or can be defined against, one another. Contrary to approaches considering ‘transmediality’s’ success as pointing to a shift which replaces ‘inter-’ with ‘transmediality’, I will demonstrate the heuristic benefit of holding on to both concepts, i.e. to conceive of ‘transmediality’ as an akin yet nonetheless distinct category. I shall argue in favor of differentiating between intermediality and a transmedially-oriented research perspective.
Irina Rajewsky (firstname.lastname@example.org) is ‘Privatdozentin’ (private docent) at Freie Universität Berlin’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures as well as Principal Investigator of the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies (FSGS). Currently she also holds the position of Interim Professor for Italian and French Literature at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Before she was Visiting Professor at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. Her main areas of research are narratology (with a special focus on transmedial narratology), intermediality in theory and cultural practice, intertextuality, fictionality, meta-phenomena in literature and the other arts, author and narrator concepts, performativity; Italian and French literature of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. She has recently concluded a research project on “Mediality – Transmediality – Narration: Perspectives of a Transgeneric and Transmedial Narratology (Film, Theatre, Literature)”, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). Her most important publications include Intermedialität (Intermediality, 2002), Intermediales Erzählen in der italienischen Literatur der Postmoderne (Intermedial Strategies in Postmodern Italian Fiction, 2003). She is also co-editor of Fiktion im Vergleich der Künste und Medien (Fictionality across the Arts and Media, 2016) and Im Zeichen der Fiktion. Aspekte fiktionaler Rede aus historischer und systematischer Sicht (In the Sign of Fiction. Aspects of Fictional Discourse in Historical and Systematical Perspectives, 2008).