CFP: Review Compar(a)ison: Media Culture (1/30/04; journal issue)

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matthieu letourneux
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Compar(a)ison, An International Journal of Comparative Literature

Media culture

During the 19th century, in the field of fiction, the written culture has
progressively lost its central position in the cultural field, and new media
(cinema, radio, television, or more recently, computers and new
technologies) have slowly taken over. The rise of these new media has deeply
transformed the cultural field: frontiers between high culture and popular
culture have been blurred, and there are more and more works that can be
described as belonging to one field or the other. The wide spread of mass
media has generated important cultural exchanges throughout the world
(between Asia, Europe, and the US, for example). Consumers habits have
changed, as well as creation itself: there is now a "transmediatic" reading
and writing of culture, and great emphasis is put onto stereotypes and
genres. Our intent is to study media culture as a global manifestation of
modernity, and to emphasize such questions as:

- Exchanges between various media ("novelization" and adaptation,
"transmediatic" cultural experiences.).

- The phenomenon of transformation and adaptation between cultures generated
by the world culture (Bollywood and Hollywood, Hong Kong cinema and manga
culture in Western culture.).

- Experiments, in high or popular culture, made upon new media (Internet,
video games, interactive fiction, television.).

- Exchanges between high culture and popular culture (use of media genres
and their codes in high culture, use of practices of experimental literature
in popular culture.).

- Relationship between new game practices and literature and/or cinema
(video games, role playing games, card games.).

The principal aim of «Compar(a)ison» is to promote the theory of comparative
literature and the development of new directions in comparative studies.
Rather than seeking a normative concept of comparative literature,
COMPAR(A)ISON provides a forum in which different approaches can be
elaborated and, ideally, interact.
«Compar(a)ison» is a semi-annual journal alternating regular and special

Authors are invited to send an abstract by January 30, 2004. Completed
essays of 20 pages (30000 characters) will need to be sent by June 2004.
Essay can be written in French, English, German, Italian or Spanish.


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