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Communication Across Media Borders, 1st Edition

Edited by Niklas Salmose, Lars Elleström


296 pages | 27 B/W Illus.

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This collection offers a multi-faceted exploration of transmediations, the processes of transfer and transformation that occur when communicative acts in one medium are mediated again through another. While previous research has explored these processes from a broader perspective, Salmose and Elleström argue that a better understanding is needed of the extent to which the outcomes of communicative acts are modified when transferred across multimodal media toward fostering a better understanding of our knowledge of communication more generally. Building on this imperative as a point of departure, the book details a variety of transmediations, viewed through three different lenses. The first part of the volume looks at narrative transmediations, building on existing work done by Marie-Laure Ryan on transmedia storytelling. The second section focuses less on narratological instances and more on the spatial dynamics of transmediation and the role of embodiment in the process. The final third of the book explores the challenges of transmediating scientific data into narrative format in the context of environmental issues. Taken together, these sections highlight a range of case studies of transmediations and in turn, the complexity and variety of the process, informed by the different methodologies of the different disciplines to which these transmediations belong. This innovative volume will be of particular interest to students and scholars in multimodality, communication, intermediality, semiotics, and adaptation studies.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures



Niklas Salmose & Lars Elleström

  1. Transmediation: Some Theoretical Considerations
  2. Lars Elleström

    PART 1: Transmedia Storytelling

  3. Transmedia Storytelling and its Discourses
  4. Marie-Laure Ryan

  5. Peter Greenaway’s The Tulse Luper Suitcases Project (2003−2005):
  6. Transmedia Storytelling as Self-Reference Multimediality

    Fátima Chinita

  7. The Gamification of Cinema and the Cinematization of Games
  8. Doru Pop

    PART 2: Ekphrasis

  9. The "Unflinching Gaze"—The Representation of Suffering in Tony Harrison’s Film Poetry
  10. Agata Handley

  11. Leaving the White Cube of Ekphrasis: Gordon Matta-Clark’s Conical Intersection
  12. Heidrun Führer & Anna Kraus

  13. Architectural Ekphraseis: Unveiling a Brazilian Wall-Less House in Contemporary Fiction
  14. Miriam Vieira

    PART 3 : Transmediation: A Broad Media Perspective

  15. The Logic of Cutting Yourself: From Senseless Chaos to Signifying Order

    Hans Sternudd

  16. Three Ways of Transmediating a Theme Park: Spatialising Storyworlds in Epic Mickey, the Monkey Island Series and Theme Park Management Simulators
  17. Péter Kristóf Makai

  18. Intersemiotic Translation as a Creative Thinking Tool – From Gertrude Stein to Dance
  19. João Queiroz & Pedro Atã

    PART 4: Transmediating the Anthropocene

  20. "We’re Doomed –Now What?": Transmediating Temporality into Narrative Forms
  21. Jørgen Bruhn

  22. Transmediations of the Anthropocene: From Factual Media to Poetry
  23. Emma Tornborg

  24. Three Transmediations of the Anthropocene: An Intermedial Ecocritical Reading of Facts, Sci-Fi, PopSci, and Eco-Horror

    Niklas Salmose




About the Editors

Niklas Salmose is an Associate Professor of English at Linnaeus University, Sweden. He has published and presented internationally on nostalgia, Nordic noir, Hitchcock, cinematic style in fiction, modernism, the Anthropocene and Hollywood, animal horror, intermediality and sensorial aesthetics in fiction. He co-edited an issue on the Anthropocene for the journal Ekfrase 2016, a special issue on contemporary nostalgia for the journal Humanities 2018 and a book on experimental Swedish filmmaker Eric M. Nilsson 2019. At Linnaeus University, he is a member of the Linnaeus University Center of Intermedial and Multimodal Studies (IMS).

Lars Elleström is Professor of Comparative Literature at Linnaeus University, Sweden. He presides over the Linnaeus University Centre for Intermedial and Multimodal Studies and chairs the board of the International Society for Intermedial Studies. Elleström has written and edited several books, including Divine Madness: On Interpreting Literature, Music, and the Visual Arts Ironically (2002), Media Borders, Multimodality and Intermediality (2010), Media Transformation: The Transfer of Media Characteristics among Media (2014), and Transmedial Narration: Narratives and Stories in Different Media (2019). He has also published numerous articles on poetry, intermediality, semiotics, gender, irony, and communication.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Multimodality

Edited by Kay O'Halloran, Routledge Studies in Multimodality aims to advance knowledge of multimodal resources such as language, visual images, gesture, action, music, sound, 3-D artefacts, architecture and space, as well as the ways these resources integrate to create meaning in multimodal objects and events.

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LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General