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Towards a Computational Model of Dramatic Tension

Published in2013 Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative (CMN), Editors M.A. Finlayson, B. Fisseni, B. Löwe & J.C. Meister, p. 257-276
Presented at Hamburg (Germany), 4-6 August 2013
Publication date2013
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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SZILAS, Nicolas, RICHLE, Urs Michael. Towards a Computational Model of Dramatic Tension. In: 2013 Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative (CMN). Hamburg (Germany). [s.l.] : [s.n.], 2013. p. 257–276. doi: 10.4230/OASIcs.CMN.2013.257
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