112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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In Between Screens: Remediation and Television in the Narrative Aesthetic of the Spanish Generation X

Roxana Blancas Curiel, University of California, Riverside

I will explore the concept of remediation through some of the techniques that operate in television and how this function in the construction of a narrative aesthetic using two novels of writers from the Spanish Generation X and its cinematographic versions. 


Can we understand reality in a direct way? Or is it only through different mediations that we can get close to it? Although the necessity to feel the reality through one of its representations is not something new, if as Campoamor said “todo es según el color / del cristal con que se mira”, the rise of the new technologies offers new crystals, new screens through which we can enter, represent and understand reality.

The objective of this study is to explore the concept of remediation, proposed by Bolter and Grusin in 1996, through the analysis of the contradiction that operates in its two strategies: the hypermediacy and the immediacy, which have a parallel with the pursuit of reality through media like television. Furthermore, this exploration is the analysis of the conformation of an aesthetic nourished from a constant remediation between the written word and the audiovisual media, seen in novels as well as in its cinematographic versions.

I will focus on some of the representations of the function of television, and the processes that make it operate, in two novels of Generation X writers: Historias del Kronen (1994) from Jose Ángel Mañas, y Caídos del cielo (1995) from Ray Loriga; together with its respective films, Historias del Kronen (1995) and La pistola de mi hermano (1997).  Similarly, in the analysis of these processes I will analyze certain techniques of automation and defamiliarization which are employed to imitate or draw the attention to processes that allow mediations or representations of reality.