Fictive Interaction as an Instance of Theatricality in Cognition
12 Pages Posted: 25 May 2009
Date Written: May 24, 2009
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
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