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Pace as a measure of aesthetic value
Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education, Teaching and Learning.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2822-4789
2014 (English)In: Online Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA), 2014Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The overarching aim of the present paper is to suggest a new way of looking at fiction in use. Genette argues that the duration of an oral narrative is measurable, in contrast to the duration of a written narrative, which is determined by its performance (1988: 33-34). The duration of a written narrative must be converted into length of text, then into duration of reading in order to compare the duration of the narrative with the duration of reading. The present paper deals with yet another temporal relation: that between actual film or play duration and experienced duration, and how this relation is used in conversation. The paper provides insights into how cinema- and theatregoers use pace as a value measure. Hume asks how the speeded up pace of contemporary fiction "affect[s] audiences and their attitudes towards the text" (2005: 105). The paper examines variations in what slow and fast can mean when used to express a view on a cinema experience in a multiparty conversation. Baetens and Hume (2006) describe how a book can be judged as too fast or too slow paced. In the present study, a combination of reader-reception studies (cf. Fish, 1998) and discursive psychology (Edwards and Potter, 1992) is used as the point of departure. This approach has been called discursive reception studies (Eriksson Barajas and Aronsson, 2009), which entails a discursive-psychological analysis of reader-reception data. Such an approach provides opportunities to analyse the role of social interaction in the co-construction of the experience of watching a film or a play.

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reader response, empirical, discursive reception studies, film, theatre, uses of fiction
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General Literature Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-113234OAI: diva2:779598
PALA 2014. Poetics and Linguistics Association Annual Conference
Samtal om film och teater som social interatktion
Swedish Research Council, 2010-2183
Available from: 2015-01-13 Created: 2015-01-13 Last updated: 2015-01-13

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