Narrative Environment: hairyland - Currently no debate
Hairyland is an imaginary world where Hairy (a dog), who is Louis’ alter ego, lives. Hairyland used to be in our world (somewhere around the US/Canada border, west of the Lakes) but is now in a parallel universe. Things are unpredictable there: the laws of physics and behaviour of objects are in constant flux. Places here have counterparts in Hairyland: for example The Natural History Museum; however, in Hairyland a dinosaur can get from the museum to Australia in half an hour. Although Hairyland is ‘imaginary’ I consider it a narrative environment because for Louis it is real, palpable and spatial. Louis is in control of the diegesis and narrates some of the stories (I narrate some, some we co-narrate). All the stories take place in the present and often are told with mimesis as well as diegesis. If I am narrating, I would say that I am an extradiegetic, heterodiegetic narrator; if Louis is narrating he is an intradiegetic, homodiegetic narrator. When he is narrating he is usually protagonist (as Hairy); if I am narrating a story about Mr Dog and Rabbit he typically acts as a Deus ex Machina. Since he is the principal audience for the stories at the same time as being inside the story (as either Louis or Hairy) I would say that as well as being (sometimes) the intradiegetic, homodiegetic narrator, he is also an intradiegetic narratee. As a theory proposition, I would suggest that young children are almost always in the intradiegetic narratee position, and would propose that moving into the extradiegetic narratee position is part of ‘growing up’. I would also propose that this underpins a potential power of narrative environments, especially if they incorporate interaction: they typically move the narratee into the intradiegetic position, which puts them into a ‘child’ state.
associated pictorial content (general): Mr Dog and Rabbit
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