With extraordinary transnational and transdisciplinary range, World Literature, Transnational Cinema, and Global Media comprehensively explores the genealogies, vocabularies, and concepts orienting the fields within literature, cinema, and media studies.

Orchestrating a layered conversation between arts, disciplines, and media, Stam argues for their "mutual embeddedness" and their shared "in-between" territories. Rather than merely adding to the existing scholarship, the book builds a relational framework through the connectivities within literature, cinema, music, and media that opens up analysis to new categories and concepts, while crossing spatial, temporal, theoretical, disciplinary, and mediatic borders. The book also questions an array of hierarchies: literature over cinema; source novel over adaptation; feature film over documentary; erudite over vernacular culture; Western modernisms over "peripheral" modernisms; classical over popular music; written poetry over sung poetry, and so forth. The book is structured around the concept of the "commons," forming a strong thread which links various struggles against "enclosures" of all kinds, with emphasis on natural, indigenous, cultural, creative, digital, and the transdisciplinary commons.

World Literature, Transnational Cinema, and Global Media is ideal to further the theoretical discussion for those undergraduate and graduate departments in cinema studies, media studies, arts and art history, communications, journalism, and new digital media programs at all levels.

chapter |15 pages


The terms of debate

chapter 1|4 pages

Goethe and Weltliteratur

chapter 2|4 pages

The Theory of World Literature

chapter 4|5 pages

The Cosmopolitanism of the Periphery

chapter 7|6 pages

Sibling Disciplines

Literary Studies and Cinema Studies

chapter 8|5 pages

From Literature to Film

A study in ambivalence

chapter 9|6 pages

The Cinema and the World Literature Canon

chapter 10|9 pages

The Gains of (Film) Translation

chapter 12|9 pages

From Adaptation to Remix

chapter 13|3 pages

World Cinema

The pre-history

chapter 14|7 pages

The Theory of World Cinema

chapter 15|9 pages

World Music and the Commons

chapter 16|11 pages

Transmedial Music in Latin America

chapter 17|6 pages

The Transnational Turn

chapter 18|5 pages

Transnational Cinema

chapter 19|6 pages

The Coefficient of Transnationality

chapter 21|7 pages

Transnational Film Schools and Pedagogy

chapter 22|6 pages

Minor Cinema, the Indigene, and the State

chapter 23|7 pages

The Rise of the “Woods”

From Hollywood to Nollywood via Bollywood

chapter 25|6 pages

Aquatic Tropologies

chapter 26|5 pages

Technologies of Intermedial Flow

chapter 27|6 pages


The mediatic resistance

chapter 28|6 pages

Transoceanic Currents

The red, black, and white Atlantic

chapter 31|4 pages

The Commons and the Globalized Citizen

chapter 32|7 pages

Terminological Reflections

chapter 33|3 pages

Toward a “Trans” Methodology