Memory, Intermediality, Literature: Something to hold on to

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Memory, Intermediality, and Literature investigates how selected literary works use intermedial strategies to represent and perform cultural memory. Drawing on the theoretical perspectives of cultural memory studies, this engaging, reader-friendly monograph examines new materialism and intermediality studies, analyzying works by Alexander Kluge, W.G. Sebald, Jonathan Safran Foer, Anne Carson, Mette Hegnhøj, William Joyce, J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst. The works emerge out of different traditions and genres, ranging from neo-avant-garde montages through photo-novels and book objects to apps and children’s stories.

In this new monograph, Sara Tanderup Linkis presents an interdisciplinary and comparative approach, reading the works together, across genres and decades, and combining the perspectives of memory studies and materialist and media-oriented analysis. This approach makes it possible to argue that the works not only use intermedial strategies to represent memory, but also to remember literature, reflecting on the changing status and function of literature as a mediator of cultural memory in the age of new media. Thus, the works may be read as reactions to modern media culture, suggesting the ways in which literature and memory are affected by new media and technologies – photography and television as well as iPads and social media.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • General Literature Studies
  • Cultural Studies


  • Intermedialitet, Kulturel erindring, bogobjekter, foto-tekster, ord og billede, erindringsfremstilling, W.G. Sebald, Alexander Kluge, Anne Carson, William Joyce, Jonathan Safran Foer, eksperimenterende litteratur
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
Number of pages262
ISBN (Electronic)9780429262159
ISBN (Print)9780367205447
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Publication categoryResearch

Publication series

NameRoutledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

Bibliographic note

Bogen er en bearbejdet version af min ph.d.-afhandling "Something to hold on to: Representing Memory and Remembering Literature in Intermedial Literature Works 1978-2014." Den sætter fokus på anvendelsen af intermediale strategier til at fremstille erindring i værker af Alexander Kluge, W.G. Sebald, Jonathan Safran Foer, Mette Hegnhøj, Anne Carson, J.J. Abrams og Doug Dorst, og William Joyce.