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The Aesthetic Animal$
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Henrik Hogh-Olesen

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190927929

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190927929.001.0001

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Fiction and Narrative

Fiction and Narrative

The Function of Symbolic Aesthetics

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(p.117) 8 Fiction and Narrative
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The Aesthetic Animal
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Henrik Hogh-Olesen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190927929.003.0009

Humans also create stories and dramatic settings that deal with the theme of what it means to be human. Humans live in narratives, and narratives are everywhere. This chapter looks at why humans spend that much time and resources on telling each other stories and dramatizing common human experiences. Which themes do these narratives revolve around? Are there universal themes? And what function do these symbolic universes have for our development and survival as individuals and as a species? Moreover, how and why do artistic expressions, themes, and forms change over time? The chapter lists existential, cognitive, and social functionalities .

Keywords:   drama, film, function of fiction, habituation, narrative, optimal stimulation level, OSL, symbol

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