di·​e·​ge·​sis | \ ˌdī-ə-ˈjē-səs How to pronounce diegesis (audio) \

Definition of diegesis

: the relaying of information in a fictional work (such as a film or novel) through a narrative Verité, of course, brings closure to diegesis by placing the audience directly into the consciousness of the protagonist. We are allowed for the first time an all-access pass to all the senses as well as all the perceptions, prejudices, and narrative ticker tape that make up a worldview.— Glen David Gold In literary terms, acceptance of diegesis is the process that takes place when a reader willingly suspends natural incredulity in order to enter fully into the enjoyment of a narrative. In other words, if the story is good enough, no matter how fantastic, it will draw the reader in and credulity will prevail.— Barnaby Perkins also : the fictional world in which the events of a narrative occur Sure, the ways that ABBA's songs are jammed into the diegesis only become more ridiculous as the film goes on, but that's all part of the fun. — Evan Amaral

First Known Use of diegesis

1973, in the meaning defined above

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“Diegesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diegesis. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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