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Completed research project

Title / Titel Multilayered Diegetic Realities
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Original title / Originaltitel Mehrschichtung innerfilmischer Realität und alternative Realitätsebenen diegetischer Welten
Summary / Zusammenfassung Recent developments of media technology over the past few years have recurrently provoked controversies about the concept of reality. With catchwords like Virtual Reality and Cyberspace, the topic also gains presence in the film industry. Since the late-eighties and the nineties, films playing with the concept of reality and with shifting realities became more frequent, as new technologies opened up the possibility of such experience.
The hereby presented research project focuses on the filmic realisation of multilayered diegetic realites. For this purpose, several theoretical frameworks will be drawn upon like fiction theory, narratology, audience response and aesthetics. At the core of this project lie films with multiple interacting diegesis, the construing of alternative realities and their interrelation.
In a first step, concepts of possible worlds and their characterisation and corresponding content will be analysed by means of a fiction theory approach. How are these worlds designed and defined? How are any breaches in and crossings of these worlds motivated? What distinguishes the separate worlds and what are these alternative realities based on? Such are the kind of questions pursued in the first part. They touch upon topical aspects like perceived reality, manufacturing of reality, shifting realities and hence the fragility of reality, memory loss or manipulation, blurring of outer and inner reality, exhausting the boundaries of our reality, virtual reality and the relation between technology and reality.
Secondly, a narratological analysis of the narrative process will be carried out. Audience direction and filmic structure will be examined from different narrational perspectives and compared with post-classical and post-modern forms of narration. Hereby, old and new concepts of unreliable narratives – especially regarding form and content – will play a role along with reflections on separation points or forking-paths, respectively. Ultimately, this project researches the filmic realisation in all its aesthetic facets.
Keywords / Suchbegriffe fiction theory, narratology, audience studies, aesthetics
Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
lic. phil. Eva Küttel (Project Leader)
Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
Universität Zürich (position pursuing an academic career)
Duration of Project / Projektdauer Feb 2007 to Dec 2012