Framing Borders in Literature and Other Media.
WOLF, Werner and Walter BERNHART (Eds.)
Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2006, VIII, 482 pp.
€ 100 / US$ 140
Studies in Intermediality (SIM) 1
This book is both a contribution to an interdisciplinary study of literature and other media and a pioneering application of cognitive and frame-theoretical approaches to these fields. In the temporal media a privileged place for the coding of cognitive frames are the beginnings while in spatial media physical borders take over many framing functions. This volume investigates forms and functions of such framing spaces from a transmedial perspective by juxtaposing and comparing the framing potential of individual media and works. After an introductory theoretical essay, which aims to clarify basic concepts, the volume presents eighteen contributions by scholars from various disciplines who deal with individual media. The first section is dedicated to framing in or through the visual arts and includes discussions of the illustrations of medieval manuscripts, the practice of framing pictures from the Middle Ages to Magritte and contemporary American art as well as framings in printmaking and architecture. The second part deals with literary texts and ranges from studies centred on framings in frame stories to essays focussing on the use of paratextual, textual and non-verbal media in the framings of classical, medieval and modern German and American narrative literature; moreover, it includes studies on defamiliarized framings, e.g. by Julio Cortázar and Jasper Fforde, as well as an essay on end-framing practices. Sections on framings in film (including the trailers of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings) and in music (operatic overtures and Schumann’s piano pieces) provide perspectives on further media. The volume is of relevance to students and scholars from various fields: intermedia studies, cognitive approaches to the media, literary and film studies, history of art, and musicology.
Werner WOLF: Introduction: Frames, Framings and Framing Borders in Literature and Other Media
Framing in/through the Visual Arts
Anja GREBE: Frames and Illusion: The Function of Borders in Late Medieval Book Illumination
Vera BEYER: How to Frame the Vera Icon?
Götz POCHAT: Framing, Actual and Virtual: The Crossing of St. Peter’s in Rome
Patricia ALLMER: Framing the Real: Frames and the Processes of Framing in René Magritte’s Œuvre
Daniel F. HERRMANN: Touching Upon Framing: Medial Conditions of Printmaking in Dieter Roth’s Komposition I-V (1977-1992)
Richard PHELAN: The Picture Frame in Question: American Art 1945-2000
Framing in/of Literary Texts
Werner WOLF: Framing Borders in Frame Stories
Haiko WANDHOFF: Found(ed) in a Picture: Ekphrastic Framing in Ancient, Medieval, and Contemporary Literature
Christian QUENDLER: Frame Analysis and Its Contribution to a Historical and Cultural Theory of Literary Fiction: A Comparison of Initial Framings in James Fenimore Cooper’s The Spy and Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans
Till DEMBECK: (Paratextual) Framing and the Work of Art: E.T.A.. Hoffmann’s Prinzessin Brambilla
Werner WOLF: Defamiliarized Initial Framings in Fiction
Maria STEFANESCU: The (Dis)Continuity of Framings
Margarete RUBIK: Frames and Framings in Jasper Fforde’s The Eyre Affair
Remigius BUNIA: Framing the End
Framing in Film
Roy SOMMER: Initial Framings in Film
Erik HEDLING: Framing Tolkien: Trailers, High Concept, and the Ring
Framing in Music
Michael WALTER: Framing and Deframing the Opera: The Overture
Walter BERNHART: Narrative Framing in Schumann’s Piano Pieces
Notes on Contributors