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Towards a Computational Model of Dramatic Tension

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Abstract

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.

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@InProceedings{szilas_et_al:OASIcs:2013:4164,
  author =	{Nicolas Szilas and Urs Richle},
  title =	{{Towards a Computational Model of Dramatic Tension}},
  booktitle =	{2013 Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative},
  pages =	{257--276},
  series =	{OpenAccess Series in Informatics (OASIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-939897-57-6},
  ISSN =	{2190-6807},
  year =	{2013},
  volume =	{32},
  editor =	{Mark A. Finlayson and Bernhard Fisseni and Benedikt L{\"o}we and Jan Christoph Meister},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl--Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{http://drops.dagstuhl.de/opus/volltexte/2013/4164},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-41647},
  doi =		{10.4230/OASIcs.CMN.2013.257},
  annote =	{Keywords: computational model of narrative, dramatic tension, structural writing, structuralism, narrative theories}
}

Keywords: computational model of narrative, dramatic tension, structural writing, structuralism, narrative theories
Seminar: 2013 Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative
Issue date: 2013
Date of publication: 02.08.2013


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