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Resisting narrative immersion

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The following article will discuss the work of Chris Ware in terms of narrative immersion, that is, the state of mental absorption, the capacity of being dragged in the storyworld, or being ‘carried away’ in the game of ‘make-believe’. The taxonomy by Marie-Laure Ryan will be taken here as a guideline to look at three main types of narrative immersion, namely, spatial, temporal and emotional immersion. I will depart from a negative approach, addressing Ware’s unrelenting resistance towards fictional immersion (that should not be taken as a complete rejection, but a deliberate delay).
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Keywords: Chris Ware; boredom; empathy; eventfulness; narrative immersion; page layout; speed

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Universidade Federal de Sergipe

Publication date: October 1, 2013

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  • Studies in Comics aims to describe the nature of comics, to identify the medium as a distinct art form, and to address the medium's formal properties. The emerging field of comics studies is a model for interdisciplinary research and in this spirit this journal welcomes all approaches. This journal is international in scope and provides an inclusive space in which researchers from all backgrounds can present new thinking on comics to a global audience. The journal will promote the close analysis of the comics page/text using a variety of methodologies. Its specific goal, however, is to expand the relationship between comics and theory and to articulate a "theory of comics". The journal also includes reviews of new comics, criticism, and exhibitions, and a dedicated online space for cutting-edge and emergent creative work.

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