The photo-novel, a minor medium?

Author(s): Baetens, Jan


An essential characteristic of our postmodern times is a broadminded critical nature which can renounce Grand Theories, the classical canon, the privileged opinion, and genre hierarchies (not just the distinction between high and low but also that between culture and commerce). This is just in theory, for in practice value judgments and the spirit of distinction have only been reshaped in new forms. Yet despite the (deceiving) impression that anything goes and that issues of taste no longer matter, many cultural practices continue to be burdened by prejudice and intolerance. Such is the case with novelisation, the ‘reverse adaptation’ that converts an original film or scenario into a novel.

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Baetens, Jan: The photo-novel, a minor medium?. In: NECSUS. European Journal of Media Studies, Jg. 1 (2012), Nr. 1, S. 54-66. DOI:
 author = {Baetens, Jan},
 title = {The photo-novel, a minor medium?},
 year = 2012,
 doi = "\url{}",
 volume = 1,
 address = {Amsterdam},
 journal = {NECSUS. European Journal of Media Studies},
 number = 1,
 pages = {54--66},
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