Definition of diegesis in English:

diegesis

noun

  • A narrative or plot, typically in a movie.

    • ‘In Hammett's novel, the Flitcraft episode disrupts the diegesis both literally, by inserting extraneous material into the ‘plot,’ and figuratively, by exposing the instability of all narratives.’
    • ‘It is true that the tropes and symbols that actualize the structure of the lyric, and the diegesis actualizing narrative structures, are all referential, rooted in mores, in ideologies-rooted in history.’
    • ‘In Mama Day, the nineteenth-century slave narrative and the sixteenth-century drama of displacement and colonization occupy the same temporal space, the time of narrative diegesis.’
    • ‘Shokrian includes a number of these bulletins at crucial points within the diegesis, although his characters remain virtually oblivious to them.’
    • ‘Indeed, Rushdie's first novel Grimus is cast in the shape of Dantean katabasis, both in the diegesis of a descent journey and in the ethical framework of what Brennan refers to as Rushdie's ‘coming-to-self’.’
    • ‘For instance, Pop Music begins the historical investigation of how popular music and musicians tell stories with a study of filmic diegesis, or what Donnelly describes as ‘the story world.’’
    • ‘This is what Olivier demonstrated in Henry V, when the doors of the theatrical first act literally open themselves up to a boundless panorama, the diegesis of the whole earth and not the altar of the stage.’
    • ‘Background music is not part of the diegesis of the film and has the potential to create confusion.’
    • ‘The diegesis of Memoirs of a Midget, if not exactly traditional in every respect, nevertheless belongs to genres with which we are familiar.’
    • ‘Establishing Hamlet and Branagh as a version of the Lacanian ‘subject presumed to know’ also serves a practical purpose in enabling Branagh to sustain an illusion of total control both within and beyond the diegesis of the film.’
    • ‘These genres are not only the surface texture of the film but they are doubled and quoted directly via the insertion of film clips into the diegesis.’
    • ‘Yet, unlike what happens in the melodrama, the real subject of the diegesis is not the woman, but the male body, and women, fighting or not, often end up as pawns - yet their function within the diegesis keeps changing.’
    • ‘Time of the Wolf is wholly transparent in its operations - like The Piano Teacher, it only exists on one level of narrative diegesis, describing the aftermath of a global apocalypse.’
    • ‘At that point, an empty space opens up in front of the window, which, as critics have pointed out, Huston uses as a visual symbol to frame moments in the diegesis when characters cannot be trusted.’
    • ‘In this process, they found that these slippery passages that constantly moved Orlando in and out of the diegesis fitted nicely with the film's focus on fluidity.’
    • ‘Sometimes, enunciation pierces through narration with ostentatious camera moves or reflexive images, but it finds itself swallowed by the diegesis in the end.’
    • ‘This indirect placement of interpretative elements on the ‘fringes’ of the film's diegesis points towards a greater system of absence and presence that structures The Big Sleep.’
    • ‘The justification is in fact very clearly stated within the diegesis.’
    • ‘The interchangeability of sadistic and masochistic positions within the diegesis potentially undercuts the a priori masochism ascribed by current film theory to the female spectator of classical cinema.’
    • ‘Non-narrative surfaces and textures that would in a single-channel movie seem like radical departures from the diegesis emerge and recede without halting the flow of the story.’
    plot, outline, storyline, framework, structure, scheme, plan, layout
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Origin

Early 19th century: from Greek diēgēsis narrative.

Pronunciation:

diegesis

/ˌdīəˈjēsis/