Gilles Deleuze's ideas on non-Euclidean narrative: a step towards fractal narrative

Until the second half of the twentieth century, linguistic and formalist theories highly influenced the understanding of both visual media and the spaces derived from them. In particular, theories of linguistics were applied to the study of filmic narrative structures in formalist critical theories. However, this type of formalistic analysis has been employed less frequently since Deleuze's works on cinema were published in the 1980s. Since Deleuze's intervention, it has become less common to approach cinema purely as a language – in both French meanings of langage and langue. Indeed, the search for a 'cinematographic syntax' – understood during the formalist period as a series of rules or principles governing the structure of a language, rather than its Greek meaning of 'arrangement' (σύνταξις) – was replaced by the search for narrative spaces governed by geometrical rules, including narrative spaces shaped by non-Euclidean geometries.

Author Name: 
German A. Duarte
Rhizomes » Issue 23 (2012)