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Reconceptualizing foregrounding: Identifying response strategies to deviation in absorbing narratives

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Katalin Bálint, Frank Hakemulder, Moniek Kuijpers, Miruna Doicaru, Ed Tan

The experience of deviation is often referred to as foregrounding and contrasted with the experience of feeling absorbed in a narrative. However, instead of simply assuming that foregrounding and absorption are mutually exclusive, they should also be considered as co-occurring: being absorbed as a result of a deviating aspect of a story. In the present paper we examine the co-occurrence of responses by means of a data-driven qualitative approach. The analysis of interviews about absorbed experiences with written and cinematic fictional narratives focused on occurrences of and responses to perceived deviation. We identified seven strategies in response to deviation that may be described through three underlying dimensions: absorption, agency, and valence. Findings suggest that perceived deviation, rather than obstructing absorption, is associated with intense and meaningful engagement with narratives.
Original languageEnglish
JournalScientific Study of Literature
Volume6
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)176-207
Number of pages32
ISSN2210-4372
DOIs
StatePublished - 20 Mar 2017

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Humanities - narrative absorption, narratives, qualitative approach, deviating style, foregrounding

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