Homer and the Springfield Orchestra Bus: Four Test Cases for Any Future Challenge to the Diegetic/Non-Diegetic Model

In: Music, Narrative and the Moving Image

Abstract

One of the most fundamental premises in the study of film music – the narratological distinction between diegetic and non-diegetic music – is also one of the most frequently challenged. This essay offers a defense of the diegetic/non-diegetic split by describing a series of scenes in which the distinction seems to be doing important work. A narratological reading of the scenes is contrasted with a reading that uses an alternative model recently advanced by Ben Winters, in order to show how these scenes can be used as test cases for the development of future theories.

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