“Everything is Connected”: Narratives of Temporal and Spatial Transgression in Dark Cover Image

Összeköttetések hálójában. Az idő- és térkezelés narratív komplexitása a Darkban
“Everything is Connected”: Narratives of Temporal and Spatial Transgression in Dark

Author(s): Anna Bátori
Subject(s): Media studies
Published by: Korunk Baráti Társaság
Keywords: German history; complex television; postmodern television; time-travel; collective memory; Dark

Summary/Abstract: The paper discusses the storytelling formulas of the German series Dark (Netflix, 2017-) by focusing on the key temporal and spatial aspects of seriality in the show, such as the time frame of diegesis (story time), the temporal structure of the story (discourse and narration time) and the unique temporal installation of the series. While the discussion of temporality has been the focus of recent scholarly investigation, the analysis of space in complex television has received less attention. For this reason, this article aims to shed light on the interconnectedness of various temporal and spatial dimensions in postmodern television narratives. The story and visual textuality of Dark not only transcends time and space – thus to provide us with a complex narrative set – but, by atemporal and spatial storytelling jumps, it creates a map of inconsistencies of double discontinuity fairly new to television and serial narration. Dark deals with time-travel through a multigenerational discourse, while keeping the multiple plot threads under a united, well-structured temporal concept. By focusing on these spatial-temporal aspects of the series, the paper sketches a new approach to postmodern television formulas that have become prominent in the last years and re-configured orientation practices and national television narratives.

  • Issue Year: 2021
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 39-49
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Hungarian