Does it Matter Where You Read? Situating Narrative in Physical Environment
2016 (English)In: Communication Theory, ISSN 1050-3293, E-ISSN 1468-2885, Vol. 26, no 3, 290-308 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
While language use in general is currently being explored as essentially situated in immediate physical environment, narrative reading is primarily regarded as a means of decoupling one's consciousness from the environment. In order to offer a more diversified view of narrative reading, the article distinguishes between 3 different roles the environment can play in the reading experience. Next to the traditional notion that environmental stimuli disrupt attention, the article proposes that they can also serve as a prop for mental imagery and/or a locus of pleasure more generally. The latter 2 perspectives presuppose a more clear-cut distinction between consciousness and attention than typically assumed in the communication literature. The article concludes with a list of implications for research and practice.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 26, no 3, 290-308 p.
Narrative, Reading, Environment, Attention and Consciousness, Pleasure, Transportation
Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology) Languages and Literature Philosophy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-124852DOI: 10.1111/comt.12084OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-124852DiVA: diva2:890948