Synchronic Seriality: The Dissolving of Diegetic Borders Through Metalepsis

Paige M. Piper


In 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.


metalepsis; television seriality; indexicality; l’image virtuel; narrative complexity

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DOI: 10.6092/issn.2421-454X/5901


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