Narrative Absorption

| Utrecht University
| Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics
| University of Amsterdam
| Utrecht University
| University of Amsterdam
ISBN 9789027234162 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027265135 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
Narrative Absorption brings together research from the social sciences and Humanities to solve a number of mysteries: Most of us will have had those moments, of being totally absorbed in a book, a movie, or computer game. Typically we do not have any idea about how we ended up in such a state. Nor do we fully realize how we might have changed as we return for the fictional worlds we have visited. The feeling of being absorbed is one of the most illusive and transient feelings, but also one that motivates audiences to spend considerable amounts of time in narrative worlds, and one that is central to our understanding of the effects of narratives on beliefs and behavior. Key specialists inform the reader of this book about the nature of the peculiar state of consciousness during episodes of absorption, the perception of absorption in history, the role of absorption in meaningful experiences with narratives, the relation with related phenomena such as suspense and identification, issues of measurement, and the practical implications, for instance in education-entertainment.

Various fields have worked separately on topics of absorption, albeit using different terminology and methods, but having reached a high level of development and complexity in understanding absorption. Now is the time to bring them together. This volume will be a point of reference for years to come.

[Linguistic Approaches to Literature, 27]  2017.  ix, 319 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Narrative absorption: Introduction and overview
Moniek M. Kuijpers and Frank Hakemulder
Part I. Conceptualization of narrative absorption
Chapter 1. Beyond metaphors and traditions: Exploring the conceptual boundaries of narrative engagement
Helena Bilandzic and Rick Busselle
Chapter 2. Towards a new understanding of absorbing reading experiences
Moniek M. Kuijpers, Frank Hakemulder, Katalin Bálint, Miruna M. Doicaru and Ed S. Tan
Chapter 3. Narrative persuasion: Effects of transporting stories on attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors
Kaitlin S. Fitzgerald and Melanie C. Green
Chapter 4. Immersion into narrative and poetic worlds: A neurocognitive poetics perspective
Arthur M. Jacobs and Jana Lüdtke
Chapter 5. Into film: Does absorption in a movie’s story world pose a paradox?
Ed S. Tan, Miruna M. Doicaru, Frank Hakemulder, Katalin Bálint and Moniek M. Kuijpers
Chapter 6. “Spellbound in darkness” Narrative absorption discussed by film theory
Frank Kessler
Chapter 7. Antecedents of identification: Character, text, and audiences
Jonathan Cohen and Nurit Tal-Or
Part II. Empirical studies on narrative absorption
Chapter 8. Identifying with in-game characters: Exploring player articulations of identification and presence
Jasper van Vught and Gareth Schott
Chapter 9. The effect of suspense structure on felt suspense and narrative absorption in literature and film
Katalin Bálint, Moniek M. Kuijpers and Miruna M. Doicaru
Chapter 10. Elaboration, emotion, and transportation: Implications for conceptual analysis and textual features
Peter Dixon and Marisa Bortolussi
Chapter 11. Forms of absorption that facilitate the aesthetic and explanatory effects of literary reading
Don Kuiken and Shawn Douglas
Part III. Outcomes of narrative absorption
Chapter 12. Absorption and meaningfulness: Examining the relationship between eudaimonic media use and engagement
Mary Beth Oliver, Arienne Ferchaud, Chun Yang, Yan Huang and Erica Bailey
Chapter 13. The role of absorption processes in narrative health communication
Anneke de Graaf and Lonneke van Leeuwen
Chapter 14. Absorption in narrative fiction and its possible impact on social abilities
Navona Calarco, Katrina Fong, Marina Rain and Raymond Mar
“Taken together, Narrative Absorption succeeds in providing conceptual and empirical foundations for theories of absorbing narrative experiences across media and contexts. The strengths of this volume lie clearly in the close collaboration among scholars from different academic backgrounds. So far, literary scholars have frequently been criticized for appropriating scientific models for perhaps unintended uses and seeming unaware of important epistemological devices (Jackson, 2003; Ryan, 2010). The current volume, however, goes beyond metaphorical forms of appropriation of scientific theories through a coherent view of interdisciplinary relations and hands-on engagement with cognitive science itself. It presents an extensive body of research that has studied the different facets of absorbed experiences in the ways they come about and how they may affect the recipients.”
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