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"Transmedial Aesthetics is Ordinary": Some Remarks on Victor Erice's "The Spirit of the Beehive"

Jan Baetens


Focusing on Victor Erice’s 1973 movie, The Spirit of the Beehive, this article proposes to rethink the problem of adaptation with the help of the concept of “experience” (freely borrowed from Dewey). The emphasis on the reception of a given work (in this case James Whale’s 1931 Frankenstein, a very particular screening of which is part of the movie’s diegesis) will foreground the importance of the process of intermedialization or “intermediality in action,” an all-encompassing culturally embedded experience, which is more existential than aesthetic.


adaptation, experience, Frankenstein, ghost, intermediality

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13185/KK2011.01703