Book Reviews: The Intermedial Turn and the Dynamics of the Semiosphere

Titika Dimitroulia

Punctum, 4(1): 202-204, 2018
DOI: 10.18680/hss.2018.0012


The first term in the title of Nicola Dusi’s last work, Contromisure (Countermeasures), catches readers’ interest, particularly in juxtaposition with the rest of the title, Trasposizioni e intermedialità (Transpositions and intermediality): it implies the prevention of conflict or the response to it – and thus, with the connotative meaning of the term, we directly enter Dusi’s main field of interest and specialization: semiotics. The rest of the title defines the space in which this conflict takes place: the transposition of a text from a semiotic code and from one medium to another. The title is plainly explained in the theoretical chapter which opens the volume, and in the following chapters which deal with case studies that present those countermeasures in concrete examples of intersemiotic and intermedial transpositions, drawing upon both works of the Bourdieusian restricted cycle of literary production and others of the popular culture, ranging from comics and crime fiction to literary adaptations and popular films.

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