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Diegetic/Nondiegetic: A Theoretical Model

David Neumeyer
Music and the Moving Image
Vol. 2, No. 1 (Spring 2009), pp. 26-39
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Topics: Diegesis, Narratives, Movies, Film music, Music, Narrators, Music scores, Narrative modes, Terminology, Typewriters
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Abstract Two pairs of terms, diegetic/nondiegetic and synchronization/counterpoint, have remained central to discussions of film music. The first of these in particular has strong connections to film studies and literary studies (specifically, narratology). A model that positions diegesis in relation to (between) spatial anchoring and narration can help sort out the shift from opposition to function and make the diegetic/nondiegetic pair more reliable for interpretation of film music.

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