Remigius Bunia

Abstract zu »Framing the End«

Remigius Bunia: »Framing the End.« In: Walter Bernhart / Werner Wolf (Hrsg.): Framing Borders in Literature and Other Media. Studies in Intermediality. Amsterdam / Atlanta: Rodopi 2006. S. 359–380.

We can distinguish three basic notions of »the end« of a narrative in narratology, which correspond to the distinctions made between discourse, story and text: we can speak of the finality or the close of a discourse, the dénouement of a story, and the delimiters (e.g. the paratexts) of a text in a particular medium. Whatever the text might have to say about its own boundary, it cannot disentangle itself from its material determination. These three concepts, however, do not exist autonomously. We can consider their correlation with the help of the terms »frame« and »framing.« Although there is a fundamental difference between both concepts, their constitution relies, in some cases, on mutual dependence. Not only does this paper consider the concept of »the ending« as one of these cases, but it assumes that fictionality itself can be described in terms of reciprocal processes. In this analysis, I will call the correlated operations linked to both ending and fictionality »transceptions.« The word transception designates the transgression of a border, a transgression, however, which at the same time marks the border and invokes its existence.

The article focuses on If on a winter's night a traveler by Italo Calvino, a novel that helps to elucidate the concepts of ending by employing a rather peculiar strategy of subversion.