Absorbed character engagement: From social cognition responses to the experience with fictional constructions

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Abstract

Katalin Bálint and Ed Tan offer a phenomenological description of audience’s absorbed encounters with fictional beings. Their qualitative interview study provocatively agitates for increased empirical attention on audiences’ accounts of their relationships with characters, rather than a continued reliance on theorists’ accounts of mechanism-driven forms of “identification.”
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScreening Characters
Subtitle of host publicationTheories of Character in Film, Television, and Interactive Media
EditorsJohannes Riis, Aaron Taylor
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter12
Pages209-229
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780429422508, 9780429749179
ISBN (Print)9781138391826
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019

Publication series

NameAFI Film Readers
PublisherRoutledge

Keywords

  • character engagement
  • social cognition
  • empathy
  • Interviews
  • parasocial relationship

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