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Published on Monday, May 03, 2021


The Interarts and Intermedia seminars is organized by the THELEME research group (CEC-FLUL) and will be held online. 



5th of May, from 3pm to 4h30pm

(Portuguese local time, UTC+01). 

We will have the pleasure to receive Werner Wolf, professor and chair of English and General Literature and vice-director of the Centre for Intermediality Studies at the University of Graz. He will present: "The Concept of ‘Transmediality’, and an Example: Repetition across Arts/Media".

Pénélope Patrix, researcher at the Centre for Comparative Studies (CEC-FLUL), will serve as respondent.

The presentation - in English - will be followed by questions and a debate with the public. Questions in French, Spanish and Portuguese can be translated. 


Transmediality, in the sense used in this contribution, is a notion designed for media comparison and refers to the quality of ‘travelling concepts’ which allows them to be realized in several arts or media. While a transmedial, media-comparative perspective always involves more than one medium and is to this extent related to intermediality, not all scholars working in the field consider it a variant of genuine intermediality. In its first part, this contribution will, however, show that there are good reasons for integrating transmediality into a system of intermedial forms, although such classifications are ultimately of reduced relevance when one considers the heuristic benefits which a transmedial perspective can yield. Some of them will be illustrated in the second part by means of an eminently transmedial phenomenon, namely repetition. A typical result of transmedial comparisons is that some media or media-specific genres can realize the transmedial phenomenon under discussion better than others. This is also the case with repetition. It will be pointed out that, owing to the tendential incompatibility between narrativity and large-scale repetition, the latter is more frequent in tendentially non-narrative media or genres such as instrumental music and lyric poetry than, e.g. in Wagnerian opera and the novel and that the tendency towards, or avoidance of, large-scale repetition can be used as an indicator of the narrative potential of a given medium or genre. Besides being mainly a contribution to inter- or transmediality studies, the lecture will thus also be relevant to narratology and the question of how to assess the narrative potential of individual media or genres.   

Werner Wolf received his Habilitation (highest academic qualification) in Munich in June 1991; he is a founding member of the International Association for Word and Music Studies (WMA) and is currently Professor and Chair of English and General Literature at the University of Graz, Austria, as well as and Vice Director of the Centre for Intermediality Studies at Graz (CIMIG). His main areas of research are literary theory (aesthetic illusion/immersion, narratology, and metafiction/metareference in particular), functions of literature, 18th- to 21st-century English fiction, as well as intermediality studies (more specifically relationships between literature and music and the visual arts). His publications include, besides numerous essays, reviews and contributions to literary encyclopedias, the monographs Ästhetische Illusion und Illusionsdurchbrechung in der Erzählkunst(Aesthetic Illusion and the Breaking of Illusion in Fiction, 1993), The Musicalization of Fiction: A Study in the Theory and History of Inter-mediality (1999), and Selected Essays on Intermediality (ed. Walter Bernhart, 2018). He is also (co-)editor of volumes 1, 3, 5, 11, 14, 15 and 19 of the book series "Word and Music Studies" (1999-forthcoming) as well as of volumes 1, 2, 4-6 and 11 of the series "Studies in Intermediality" (2006-2018). For more details, including his publications on the topic ‘music and narrativity’, see his homepage, hosted by the University of Graz

Next sessions

  • #7 (date to be confirmed) - Verónica Conte (CIAUD-FAUL/CEC-FLUL)
  • #8 - June 2, 16h-17h30 (UTC+01) - Maile Colbert (FCSH-UNL)


The session will take place online via zoom. The link to access the seminar remains the same.

(meeting ID: 761 1810 6274 ; pin: kNpi3v). 

The seminar is open to the public. Feel free to share the information.

A regular activity organized by the Centre for Comparative Studies, School of Arts and Humanities, ULisboa. 


Jeffrey Childs, Pénélope Patrix, Sandra Camacho (CEC-FLUL). 

Contact: seminarios.theleme.cec@gmail.com 

More information: http://cec.letras.ulisboa.pt/en/events/upcoming-events-events/


  • Lisbon, Portugal


  • Wednesday, May 05, 2021
  • Wednesday, June 02, 2021


  • intermédialité, littérature, média, musique et littérature, intermedia, intermediality, literature, media


  • pénélope patrix
    courriel : ppatrix [at] letras [dot] ulisboa [dot] pt

Information source

  • pénélope patrix
    courriel : ppatrix [at] letras [dot] ulisboa [dot] pt


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