Towards a Computational Model of Dramatic Tension

Authors Nicolas Szilas, Urs Richle

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Nicolas Szilas
Urs Richle

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Nicolas Szilas and Urs Richle. Towards a Computational Model of Dramatic Tension. In 2013 Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative. Open Access Series in Informatics (OASIcs), Volume 32, pp. 257-276, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2013)


One of the approaches to generate narrative consists in modeling narrative in terms of a deep structure, as introduced by narrative theories in the middle of the 20th century. This papers revisits this computational approach, and raises the central issue of dramatic tension: Would it be possible to build a computational model of dramatic tension, where tension could be managed according to the well known ascending/descending dramatic curve? The paper describes a new computational model of narrative, based on a set of structural narrative elements (goals, tasks, obstacles, side-effects), a hierarchical and modular approach, a paradox-based model of dramatic tension and a solution for managing endings. The papers illustrates this theoretical model with a full example.
  • computational model of narrative
  • dramatic tension
  • structural writing
  • structuralism
  • narrative theories


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