Remigius Bunia

Abstract zu »Diegesis and Representation«

The article raises the question whether the term diegesis—despite its rather widespread use among scholars—lacks a coherent definition. When diegesis is interpreted as the »narrated world,« the concepts related to hetero- and extradiegesis turn out to be partly inconsistent. This is why the article resorts to the notion of world; it considers defining diegesis as a »limited field« within the narrated world. However, this attempt at defining diegesis reveals certain peculiarities of representation. Their analysis leads to another characterization of diegesis: as—roughly speaking—the information explicitly conveyed by a representation. As an effect of processing meaning, diegesis is, then, not a narratological tool but an epistemic phenomenon that requires further examination.

Remigius Bunia: »Diegesis and Representation: Beyond the Fictional World, on the Margins of Story and Narrative.« In: Poetics Today 2010 31(4): 679--720; DOI: 10.1215/03335372-2010-010.