This is not a Flashback: On the Boundaries of the Metalepsis

  • Sandro Volpe Dipartimento Culture e Società
Keywords: Metalepsis, Flashback, Metadiegetic, Isodiegetic, Transvisualization


Gérard Genette has given a significant contribution to the incorporation of the metalepsis from rhetorical studies into narratology studies and, even more importantly, to the strong drift of the latter towards film studies. However, among many suggestions adopted by scholars, some of the more provocative ones have remained in the backdrop: he has interpreted as metaleptic instances the way in which words and images interact in the visualisation of the stories and memories. Gradually the metalepsis has ended up expanding its boundaries, colonising seemingly unrelated territories of filmic representation. Has the time come to accept the challenge to redraw the metalepsis’ possible boundaries?


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Author Biography

Sandro Volpe, Dipartimento Culture e Società

Sandro Volpe is Associate Professor of Theory of Literature at the University of Palermo. Among his publications: Il tornio di Binet. Flaubert, James e il punto di vista (1991), La forma intermedia. Truffaut legge Roché (1996), Adattamento. Sette film per sette romanzi (2007), La mia notte con Maud: un’analisi (2016). He has also published a novel, All´incrocio delle righe (2004) and, together with Alberto Voltolini, Mai ali che volano alto (2011).


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How to Cite
Volpe, S. (2018). This is not a Flashback: On the Boundaries of the Metalepsis. Between, 8(16).