Synchronic Seriality: The Dissolving of Diegetic Borders Through Metalepsis
Keywords:metalepsis, television seriality, indexicality, l’image virtuel, narrative complexity
AbstractIn dialogue with Gérard Genette’s literary concept of metalepsis to television, this paper considers instances of meta-textual actor/character portrayals in serial narratives to show that meta-narrative intrusion fosters a greater empathetic link between the spectator and character, whilst simultaneously inviting the viewer to appreciate the technique as an artifice-aware gesture. The fluidity of diegetic borders brought on by the conflation of performer/performance replicates Baudrillard’s simulacra, creating a synchronic form of seriality and transcending rigid genre classifications.
How to Cite
Piper, P. M. (2015). Synchronic Seriality: The Dissolving of Diegetic Borders Through Metalepsis. Series - International Journal of TV Serial Narratives, 1(2), 159. https://doi.org/10.6092/issn.2421-454X/5901
Narratives / Aesthetics / Criticism