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The Acousmatic Voice and Metaleptic Narration in Inland Empire

Warren Buckland

in The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Image in Digital Media

Published in print December 2013 | ISBN: 9780199757640
Published online December 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199984718 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199757640.013.018

Series: Oxford Handbooks

The Acousmatic Voice and Metaleptic Narration in Inland Empire

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This article appears in the Oxford Handbook of Sound and Image in Digital Media edited by Carol Vernallis, Amy Herzog, and John Richardson. This chapter develops a poetic perspective to analyze the unusual sound, image, and narrational structures of Inland Empire (David Lynch, 2006). A poetic perspective examines how a film is made (rather than trying to work out what it means). This chapter examines the decision-making process that has gone into the construction of the film’s complex aural and visual narrative world: specifically, the issue of how shots and scenes are joined in Inland Empire to create a complex ambiguous world of multiple intersecting layers.

Keywords: David Lynch; Inland Empire; formal analysis; metalepsis; mise en scene; narration; acousmatic; puzzle film; Axxon N

Article.  7638 words. 

Subjects: Music and Media

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