Narration in the Screenplay Text

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  • Ann Igelstrom


This thesis examines the narration in screenplay texts. The aim is to explore how the screenwriter, through the screenplay text, communicates the potential film to the reader. The thesis thus situates the screenplay in a communicational context, and argues that the screenplay text is a means of communication. In many cases, the screenplay text is the writer’s only means of communicating with a potential investor, thus determining whether the screenplay will fulfil its purpose of becoming a film. Using a communicational approach enables a close examination of the different extratextual and intratextual narrating voices that communicate the story and the look of the potential film. The thesis relates the screenplay text to narrational theories from literary and film theory, and proposes its own narrative communication model suited to the screenplay. The model places the various narrating voices on different narrative levels that show the voices’ relation to the text, the fiction, and the scene. The communication model also identifies the voices’ addressees. Through close readings of screenplay texts, the thesis examines how different narrating voices function and how they can be characterised. The discussions focus on how these voices use different techniques to narrate the story and indicate the look of the potential film. The discussions particularly highlight how the voices influence the readers’ visualisation of the potential film, since this is a distinguishing feature of the screenplay text-type. Narration in the Screenplay Text is an important contribution to text-based screenplay research. It offers a unique approach and a clear terminology that creates a platform for future screenplay research.


Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
Sefydliad dyfarnu
Goruchwylydd / Goruchwylwyr / Cynghorydd
Dyddiad dyfarnu21 Mai 2014