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Narrative HumanismKindness and Complexity in Fiction and Film$
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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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Connectedness and Character

Connectedness and Character

(p.73) Chapter 4 Connectedness and Character
Narrative Humanism

Wyatt Moss-Wellington

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter explores the way we feel connected to others through fiction, and what part character identification plays in this process. It looks at stories used to stave off loneliness, to establish ingroups and outgroups, to help us to feel intelligent or equipped with special knowledge, as well as the values of ritual and rite-of-passage. It also covers how we can articulate our selfhood through fictive characters and broadcast our self-schemas using the stories we like, as well as roleplay, ideology and status markers.

Keywords:   Character, ingroups, flattery, ritual, self-schemas, roleplay, status, authenticity, trust, gifts

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