Arts & Médias

Critical content and resources on Media Art.

Arts & Médias

Critical content and resources on Media Art.

The Literariness of Media Art

Cover for “The Literariness of Media Art”


The beginning of the 20th century saw literary scholars from Russia positing a new definition for the nature of literature. Within the framework of Russian Formalism, the term ‘literariness’ was coined. The driving force behind this theoretical inquiry was the desire to identify literature—and art in general—as a way of revitalizing human perception, which had been numbed by the automatization of everyday life. The transformative power of ‘literariness’ is made manifest in many media artworks by renowned artists such as Chantal Akerman, Mona Hatoum, Gary Hill, Jenny Holzer, William Kentridge, Nalini Malani, Bruce Nauman, Martha Rosler, and Lawrence Weiner. The authors use literariness as a tool to analyze the aesthetics of spoken or written language within experimental film, video performance, moving image installations, and other media-based art forms. This volume uses as its foundation the Russian Formalist school of literary theory, with the goal of extending these theories to include contemporary concepts in film and media studies, such as Neoformalism, intermediality, remediation, and postdrama.

— Source: publisher’s website

View Website

Year Published

Cite This Book

Ensure to confirm that the following bibliographic entries are correct before submitting papers with them. We generate these to help out, however we cannot guarantee that they are correct in all cases.

Benthien, Claudia, et al. The Literariness of Media Art. Routledge, 2018.
Benthien, Claudia, Jordis Lau, and Maraike M. Marxsen. The Literariness of Media Art. Milton, United Kingdom: Routledge, 2018.
Benthien, C., Lau, J., & Marxsen, M. M. (2018). The Literariness of Media Art. Routledge.
@book{Benthien2018Literariness, address = {Milton, United Kingdom}, author = {Benthien, Claudia and Lau, Jordis and Marxsen, Maraike M.}, year = {2018}, publisher = {Routledge}, title = {The {Literariness} of {Media} {Art}}, }

Latest Update: June 26, 2022