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Wyatt Moss-Wellington

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474454315

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474454315.001.0001

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Affective Functions of Fiction

Affective Functions of Fiction

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(p.56) Chapter 3 Affective Functions of Fiction
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Narrative Humanism
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Wyatt Moss-Wellington

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474454315.003.0004

This chapter covers the use of emotion in fiction: the way we use stories to signal affective aptitude or emotional intelligence, to regulate moods and shift undesirable affect, to stimulate emotional contagions, to replace mystification with causal emotional attributions, to both inspire and deflate fears, and to share that which upsets us with imagined others.

Keywords:   Narratology, emotion, mood regulation, death anxiety, terror management, horror, anger, contagion, oneness, trauma

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