Intermedial Encounters Between Image, Music and Text  Paid

With and Beyond Roland Barthes

by Fabien Arribert-Narce (Volume editor), Alex Watson (Volume editor)
©2024, Edited Collection, X, 230 Pages
Romance Studies

Series: European Connections, Volume 49



«This volume locates itself neatly in the growing collection of publications on intermediality by relating such practices to Roland Barthes. Barthesian motifs and writerly concerns are found within a variety of intermedial practices, as the analysis moves, historically and globally, across visual, aural and literary cultures. Such an approach is both appropriate and innovative within Barthes Studies and in cultural theory more generally.»

(Andy Stafford, Professor of French and Critical Theory, University of Leeds)

The essays in this collection reconsider Roland Barthes as a crucial figure in intermedia studies, arguing that the concepts and forms of analysis he pioneered are of continuing importance for students and scholars working in the field. These essays utilize an interdisciplinary methodology, drawing on Barthes’s own intermedial critical practice, to examine the multiple relationships between art, literature, music and performance and across different languages. The collection places Barthes’s writing in critical dialogue with other theorists, including Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Dick Higgins and Emmanuel Levinas, investigating the work of figures as varied as André Breton, Giordano Bruno, Alain Cavalier, Alfred Hitchcock, Marcel Schwob, W. G. Sebald, Steven Spielberg, Yoko Tawada and Lev Tolstoy. The collection demonstrates that Barthes’s intermedial critical and theoretical practice provides a means of challenging fixed critical narratives and exploring crucial intermedial issues, including how narrative crosses media, the close relationship between image and text throughout history, and how twentieth-century consumer capitalist culture transformed the relationship between image and text.

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. About the author
  5. About the book
  6. This eBook can be cited
  7. Contents
  8. List of Illustrations
  9. Acknowledgements
  10. fabien arribert-narce and alex watsonIntroduction
  11. Part I Image
    1. 1 Snowflakes and Shadows: Giordano Bruno after Dick Higgins
    2. 2 The Grain of the Voice and the Materiality of the Digital Image in Alain Cavalier’s Irène (2009)
    3. 3 Intermedial Post-Romanticism: W. G. Sebald’s Ruins of Empire in Austerlitz (2001)
  12. Part II Music
    1. The Imaginaire of Music and the Representation of Emotions in Lev Tolstoy’s Novel Childhood
    2. Sound of Adaptation: Jaws (1975) and Psycho (1960)
    3. ‘Water Schools’ (水の小学校)
  13. Part III Language/Text
    1. 6 In-Between Languages, Words and Images: Yoko Tawada’s The Naked Eye
    2. 7 Image and Text in Multimodal Texts: Intermediality between Visual Images and Japanese Writing Systems
  14. Part IV Barthes
    1. 8 Roland Barthes’s Intermedial Practice of Life Writing: Collecting (Auto-)Biographemes, between Image and Text
    2. 9 Barthes’s Bunraku: An Intermedial Approach to Alterity
    3. Peter DayanAfterword: Barthes, Fortunately, Had Never Heard of What We Call Intermediality
  15. Notes on Contributors
  16. Index
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Oxford, Berlin, Bruxelles, Chennai, Lausanne, New York, 2024. X, 230 pp., 11 fig. col., 7 fig. b/w.

Fabien Arribert-Narce is Senior Lecturer in French and Comparative Literature at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Photobiographies: pour une écriture de notation de la vie (2014) and (co-)editor of L’Autobiographie entre autres (2013), Réceptions de la culture japonaise en France depuis 1945 (2016), The Pleasure in/of the Text (2021), Michaël Ferrier: un écrivain du corail (2021), and «Le quotidian au Japon et en Occident» (Revue des Sciences Humaines, vol. 345, March 2022).

Alex Watson is Associate Professor in the School of Arts and Letters, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan. His major publications include Romantic Marginality (2012) and British Romanticism in Asia (2019), co-edited with Laurence Williams.

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