GERARD GENETTE METALEPSIS PDF

narrative fiction.1 For my part, reflecting on metalepsis has led me to an extension and a critique of the brief section in Narrative Discourse where Gérard Genette. Metalepsis was first identified and defined by the literary theorist Gérard Genette who wrote within the context of the Structuralist movement. When Gérard Genette coined the term “metalepsis” in the fifth chapter (on. “Voice ”) of his Discours du récit, he defined it as “any intrusion by the extradiegetic.

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Metalepsis

Gleich bio The mechanisms of metalepsis, as several chapters in this work show, extend beyond narrative fiction. To begin, I will focus on two distinctions that seem genettd to me.

The first distinction I wish to stress is between metalepsis at the discourse level and metalepsis at the story level. Genette illustrates this kind of metalepsis with several passages from [End Page ] Balzac, including one that begins thus: In the following pages, I will not be concerned with this relatively inoffensive kind of discursive metalepsis, 3 but rather with the kind of metalepsis that is much more daring and shocking, also much more spectacular, and genetye appears at the level of the story: The other important distinction—Genette makes it himself, but without emphasizing it—is between what I call exterior metalepsis by far the more frequent and interior metalepsis.

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I call interior all metalepsis that occurs between two levels of the same story—that is to say, between a primary and secondary story, or between a secondary and tertiary story e. Although my interest in the following pages is mainly in interior metalepsis, I will pause for a moment to consider exterior metalepsis, first to focus on a fact that has not been noted until now, namely that we do not find metalepsis in homodiegetic narratives but only in heterodiegetic narratives.

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One searches in vain for cases of a fundamental destruction of the narrative situation in the first person. We do not even find it in the most casual stories, the most self-ironic. If you would like to authenticate using a different metalepsi institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’. View freely available titles: Book titles OR Journal titles.

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Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Metalepsis and Mise en Abyme. The mechanisms of metalepsis, as several chapters in this work show, extend beyond narrative fiction. Exterior Metalepsis Although my interest in the following pages is mainly in interior metalepsis, I will pause for a moment to consider exterior metalepsis, first to focus on a fact that has not been noted until now, namely that we do not find metalepsis in homodiegetic narratives but only in heterodiegetic narratives.

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