Open Access for Music and Levels of Narration in Film

Intellect is delighted to announce that the electronic version of Guido Heldt’s Music and Levels of Narration in Film (2013) is now available for free download. To access the ePDF please click on this link


Music and Levels of Narration in Film is the first book-length study of the narratology of film music and is an indispensable resource for anyone researching or studying film music or film narratology. It surveys the so far piecemeal discussion of narratological concepts in film music studies and tries to (cautiously) systematize, expand and refine them with reference to ideas from general narratology and film narratology (including contributions from German-language literature less widely known in Anglophone scholarship). The book goes beyond the current focus of film music studies on the distinction between diegetic and non-diegetic music (music understood to be or not to be part of the storyworld of a film) and takes into account different levels of narration: from the extrafictional to ‘focalizations’ of subjectivity and music’s many and complex movements between them. The conceptual toolkit proposed in the first part of the book is put to the text in a series of case studies: of numbers in film musicals; of music and sound in horror films; and of music and narrative structures in, among others, films by Sergio Leone, The Truman ShowBreakfast at Tiffany’s and Far from Heaven.


Guido Heldt is a lecturer in music at the University of Bristol.


The electronic version of this book is freely available thanks to the support of libraries working with Knowledge Unlatched ( KU is a collaborative initiative designed to make high quality books Open Access for the public good. 


Intellect is pleased to be continuing to work with KU and we will soon be making another of our titles Open Access, David H. Fleming’s Unbecoming Cinema: Unsettling Encounters with Ethical Event Films (2017). 

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