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Media Transformation as a Category of Intermediality: Adaptation into Film of the Metafictional Stage of the Novel The Shadowless

Abstract

Production of works based on an interaction of art, science, and technology in recent years; use of new media as an ambience or material of art; traditionally classified arts disciplines; and mutual relations between all the above are among the indications of the intermedial configuration of contemporary art. This situation has paved the way for the emergence of the concept “intermediality” and enhancement of intermedial studies. By examining “intermediality” and its subcategory “media transformation,” this study analyzes the movie Gölgesizler (The Shadowless) which was adapted from the novel by Hasan Ali Toptaş.
The novel is a production of mental and imaginary fiction employing a “metafictional” technique. This study deals with the adaption of the novel’s metafictional stage into moving images and their narration through the means of cinematic expression within the scope of “media transformation.”

The study points out that the novel’s metafictional stage was adapted into a movie firstly through the involvement of the author and secondly through cinematic means of narration such as montage, sound bridges, close-shot, and angle-contrast angle, thus effecting a media transformation.

Keywords: Intermediality, media transformation, literary adaptations, the novel The Shadowless, the movie The Shadowless.