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Unbinding the text: Intermedial Iconicity in Peter Greenaway's Prospero's Books


Ljungberg, Christina (2011). Unbinding the text: Intermedial Iconicity in Peter Greenaway's Prospero's Books. In: Michelucci, Pascal; Fischer, Olga; Ljungberg, Christina. Semblance and Signification. Amsterdam / Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 369-388.

Abstract

Intermediality concerns either the transgression of the boundaries between conventionally distinct media or the iconic enactment of one medium within another. How does this function in such a complex multimedia work as Prospero’s Books, Peter Greenaway’s film adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest, which not only comments on other media but also addresses all other adaptations of Shakespeare’s play? How is the figure of dislocation – shipwrecks, loss of home and culture, the disorientation generated by Prospero's masques – translated into Greenaway's postmodern adaptation? To what degree does adaptation itself involve dislocation as Shakespeare's figuration of dislocation resonates throughout Greenaway's multimedia reworking of this text into contemporary sensibilities? Not only does the film self-reflexively perform the very process of adaptation but by 'destructuring' – or dislocating – the text into images, it also creates a visual vocabulary articulating a new order of reading and suggesting a new visual literacy.

Intermediality concerns either the transgression of the boundaries between conventionally distinct media or the iconic enactment of one medium within another. How does this function in such a complex multimedia work as Prospero’s Books, Peter Greenaway’s film adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest, which not only comments on other media but also addresses all other adaptations of Shakespeare’s play? How is the figure of dislocation – shipwrecks, loss of home and culture, the disorientation generated by Prospero's masques – translated into Greenaway's postmodern adaptation? To what degree does adaptation itself involve dislocation as Shakespeare's figuration of dislocation resonates throughout Greenaway's multimedia reworking of this text into contemporary sensibilities? Not only does the film self-reflexively perform the very process of adaptation but by 'destructuring' – or dislocating – the text into images, it also creates a visual vocabulary articulating a new order of reading and suggesting a new visual literacy.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Cinema Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
900 History
700 Arts
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:26 Jan 2012 12:18
Last Modified:08 May 2016 14:17
Publisher:John Benjamins
Series Name:Iconicity in Language and Literature
Number:10
ISSN:1873-5037
ISBN:978-90-272-4346-1
Related URLs:http://opac.nebis.ch/F/?local_base=NEBIS&CON_LNG=GER&func=find-b&find_code=SYS&request=006592960
http://www.iconicity.ch
http://benjamins.com/#catalog/books/ill.10
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-54193

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