A1 Journal article (refereed)
Kolmas merkitys toiseen : kinekfrasis suomalaisessa nykyrunoudessa (2016)
The Third Meaning Squared. Kinekphrasis in Contemporary Finnish Poetry

Kilpiö, J.-P. (2016). Kolmas merkitys toiseen : kinekfrasis suomalaisessa nykyrunoudessa. Kirjallisuudentutkimuksen aikakauslehti Avain, 2016(4), 6-22. https://doi.org/10.30665/av.66176

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All authors or editors: Kilpiö, Juha-Pekka

Journal or series: Kirjallisuudentutkimuksen aikakauslehti Avain

ISSN: 1795-3790

eISSN: 2242-3796

Publication year: 2016

Volume: 2016

Issue number: 4

Pages range: 6-22

Publisher: Kirjallisuudentutkijain seura

Publication country: Finland

Publication language: Finnish

DOI: https://doi.org/10.30665/av.66176

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/80360


In this article I develop the concept of kinekphrasis to designate a particular form of intermediality, speci cally, the verbal representation of cinema or other form of moving image. Kinekphrasis builds upon ekphrasis, the classical rhetorical term that today generally refers to texts about static artworks, such as paintings and statues. Representing the medial complex of cinema, however, sets a distinct sensorial and semiotic challenge to a text and brings about a form of intermediality di erent from the traditional ekphrasis. I exemplify kinekphrasis with a reading of contemporary Finnish poetry, namely, individual poems by Pauliina Haasjoki and V. S. Luoma-aho, and one book-length work, Karri Kokko’s Töllötin (“The Tube”, 2010), the most extensive kinekphrasis in Finnish literature. In addition, I analyze Marko Niemi’s digital, animated version of Töllötin, which uses Kokko’s text and so adds yet another layer to the medial process. In representing lms and television, the texts foreground what Roland Barthes termed “the third meaning” (le troisième sens): all those excessive elements, details, and digressions that cannot be reduced to any narrative or symbolic functions.

Keywords: cinema (art forms); films; lyric poetry; poems; intertextuality; ekphrasis; textual analysis

Free keywords: Pauliina Haasjoki; Luoma-aho, V. S.; Kokko, Karri

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Reporting Year: 2017

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