Access to Nonbook Materials: The Limits of Subject Indexing for Visual and Aural Languages

  title={Access to Nonbook Materials: The Limits of Subject Indexing for Visual and Aural Languages},
  author={Elaine Svenonius},
There are instances where a message expressed in one medium cannot adequately be transposed to another. A recent review of the opera Mrs. Dalloway reflects upon the impossibility of creating an opera (or in the case of Orlando, a movie) out of Virginia Woolfs mature novels, insofar as these novels do not “speak about reality so much as mirror it in complexity of form” (Griffiths, 1993, p. 113). The reviewer likens the attempt to change mediums to trying to trap “a cloud in order to make ice… CONTINUE READING

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