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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To fatten the hog won’t take much bran metale;sis my mind: Ontological Metalepsis One widely acknowledged group of theories, originally formulated by Ryan []consists in breaking metalepsis down into rhetorical Genette and ontological McHale forms. On the other hand, the recursive chain is broken when it is recognized, for example, that the creator of Drawing Hands occupies a space outside the representation in question, even though that creator can in turn be portrayed in a meta- representation cf.


Then the last section lines reveals the narrator’s present impressions of the past story. Wagner Wagner, Frank By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Night overtook them in the middle of the fields, and there ,etalepsis are, lost. In a recent critical overview, Lavocat identifies two major approaches to metalepsis, one favoring the boundaries of fiction Genettethe other genetts erasure of these boundaries McHale.

Definition In its narratological sense, metalepsis, first identified by Genette, is a deliberate transgression between the world of the telling and the world of the told: The milk spilled; farewell, calf, pig, chickens, and eggs.

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Variations in speed within a narrative can show the relative importance assigned to different events in the story. Narrative short circuits appear punctually either a between the extradiegetic and the intradiegetic levels or b between the intradiegetic and one or more hypodiegetic levels, although no distinction is made between descending and ascending metalepsis as discussed in the previous section.

For the moth subgenus Metalepsis, see Cerastis.

The emphasis here is not on authorial metalepsis as a type of metonymy, but on the paradoxical transgression of boundaries, of which there are two main types: Various reading effects result from shifts in narrative level, traditionally known as embedding. New York University Press, []. This is the relation between the number of times an event occurs in the story and the number of times it is mentioned in the narrative. Dedicated to Walter Bernhart on the Occasion of his Retirement.

This suggests the need for meta,epsis work on the rhetorical dimension of metalepsis, possibly in conjunction with pragmatics and the theory of argumentation. Lavocat insists, however, on the intrafictional quality of metalepsis—not its relation with the “real”—thus on playing with the boundaries, with reality-in-fiction and fiction-in-fiction, rather than metalpesis them.

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.

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Paperbackpages. Essai sur la mise en abyme. 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 geradd appears at the level of the story: This is the traditional “omniscient narrator”.


Archives December November October While the narrator certifies the truth of the events by presenting this story as a well-known farce lineshe ends his narrative by addressing questions directly to the narratee lines and moralizing lines I will never be able to look at my family and friends in the same way; surely I will become contentious and distant.

As for mise en abymeit shares with metalepsis the feature of embedding, but it additionally includes resemblance between levels e.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: This is the avenue chosen by the contributors to Kukkonen and Klimek, eds. This kind of narration often takes the form of a dream or prophecy. Perhaps the most common example of metalepsis in narrative occurs when a narrator intrudes upon another world being narrated. Vatroslav Herceg marked it as to-read Oct 27, A Poetics of Unnatural Narrative.

This page was last edited on 13 Decemberat Beth rated it it was amazing Jan 04, Narration of the main first-level narrative occurs at the extradiegetic level. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. However, the last part lines provides an interesting example of the iterative mood: There is the master in a terrible rage, falling on his lackey with a whip, and that poor devil saying with each blow: