16 October 2012

Between Page and Screen: Remaking Literature Through Cinema and Cyberspace

New technologies have left their imprint on literature as a paper-based medium, and vice versa. This volume explores the interactions between literature and screen based media over the past three decades.

Since the earlier twentieth century, literary genres have traveled across magnetic, wireless, and electronic planes. Literature may now be anything from acoustic poetry and oral performance to verbal–visual constellations in print and on screen, cinematic narratives, or electronic textualities that range from hypertext to Flash.

How has literature turned to screen, how have screens undone the tyranny of the page as a medium of literature, and how have screens affected the page in literary writing? This volume answers these questions by uniquely integrating perspectives from digital literary studies on the one hand, and film and literature studies on the other.

“Page” and “screen” are familiar catchwords in both digital literary studies and film and literature studies. The contributors reassess literary practice at the edges of paper, electronic media, and film. They show how the emergence of a new medium in fact reinvigorates the book and the page as literary media, rather than signaling their impending death.

While previous studies in this field have been restricted to the digitization of literature alone, this volume shows the continuing relevance of film as a cultural medium for contemporary literature. Its integrative approach allows readers to situate current shifts within the literary field in a wider, long-term perspective.

Dr. Kiene Brillenburg Wurth is associate professor of Comparative Literature at Utrecht University.