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.
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Remigius Bunia; Diegesis and Representation: Beyond the Fictional World, on the Margins of Story and Narrative. Poetics Today 1 December 2010; 31 (4): 679–720. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/03335372-2010-010
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