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World Literature, Transnational Cinema, and Global Media

Towards a Transartistic Commons, 1st Edition

By Robert Stam


288 pages

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With extraordinary transnational and transdisciplinary range, World Literature, Transnational Cinema, and Global Media comprehensively explores the genealogies, vocabularies, and concepts orienting the fields within literature, cinema and media studies.

Orchestrating a layered conversation between arts, disciplines, and media, Stam argues for their "mutual embeddedness" and their shared "in-between" territories. Rather than merely add to the existing scholarship, the book builds a relational framework through the connectivities within literature, cinema and media that opens up analysis to new categories and concepts, whilst crossing spatial, temporal, theoretical, disciplinary, and mediatic borders. The book also questions an array of hierarchies: literature over cinema; source novel over adaptation; feature film over documentary; erudite over vernacular culture; western modernisms over "peripheral" modernisms; classical over popular music; written poetry over sung poetry, and so forth. The book is structured around the concept of the "Commons," forming a strong thread which links various struggles against "enclosures" of all kinds, with emphasis on natural, indigenous, cultural, creative, digital, and the transdisciplinary commons.

World Literature, Transnational Cinema, and Global Media is ideal to further the theoretical discussion for those undergraduate and graduate departments in cinema studies, media studies, arts and art history, communications, journalism, and new digital media programs at all levels.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Terms of Debate

Goethe and Weltliteratur

The Theory of World Literature

From World Literature to Alternative Modernisms

The Cosmopolitanism of the Periphery

Columbus, El Nuevo Mundo, and Postcolonial Studies

French Postcoloniality and Litterature-Monde

Sibling Disciplines: Literary Studies and Cinema Studies

From Literature to Film: A Study in Ambivalence

The Cinema and the Canon

The Gains of (Film) Translation

Adaptation and Cultural Estrangement

Adaptation, Remix, and the Cultural Commons

The International Pre-History of World Cinema

The Emergence of World Cinema

The Convergence of Worlds in the Musical Commons

Musical Transmediality in the Global South

The Transnational Turn

Minor Cinema, the Indigene, and the State

The Coefficient of Transnationality

Transnational Reception, Gender, and Aesthetics

Transnational Film Schools and Pedagogy

The Rise of the "Woods:" From Hollywood to Nollywood via Bollywood

Globalization, Political Economy, and the Media

Acquatic Tropologies

Technologies of Intermedial Flow

Globalization; Mediatic Resistance

Transoceanic Currents: the Red, Black, and White Atlantic

Global Indigeneity and the Transnational Gaze

The Media’s "Deep Time" and the Planetary Commons

The Commons and the Globalized Citizen

Terminological Reflections

Toward a "Trans" Methodology

About the Author

Robert Stam is University Professor at New York University. His books include Francois Truffaut and Friends; Literature through Film: Film Theory: An Introduction; and (with Ella Shohat) Unthinking Eurocentrism and Race in Translation. With work translated into 16 languages, he has taught in France, Brazil, Tunisia, Germany, and the UAE.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies