Fictive Interaction as an Instance of Theatricality in Cognition

12 Pages Posted: 25 May 2009

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Ana Margarida Abrantes

Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) - Research Center for Communication and Culture; Case Western Reserve University - Department of Cognitive Science

Date Written: May 24, 2009

Abstract

The Baroque composition structure of a play in a play is not restricted to this cultural period, or to the theater, as an aesthetic form. Examples of such concatenation (of embedded theatrical representations, or of stories within stories) are pervasive across literary genres, and this architecture is also present in non-aesthetic contexts, i.e. in pragmatic forms of verbal expression. One particular instantiation of this embedding is found in fictive interaction, namely the use of the structure of communicative interaction as a structure to understand and think about entities, situations, relationships, and to convey them in communication. It is suggested that theatricality, as manifested in fictive interaction, is not only a mode of discourse, but a strategy of thought.

Keywords: theatricality, fictive interaction, drama

Suggested Citation

Abrantes, Ana Margarida, Fictive Interaction as an Instance of Theatricality in Cognition (May 24, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1409396 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1409396

Ana Margarida Abrantes (Contact Author)

Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) - Research Center for Communication and Culture ( email )

Palma de Cima
Lisbon, 1649-023
Portugal

Case Western Reserve University - Department of Cognitive Science ( email )

10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-7068
United States

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