Immersion and Distance: Aesthetic Illusion in Literature and Other Media

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Readers who appear to be lost in a storyworld, members of theatre or cinema audiences who are moved to tears while watching a performance, beholders of paintings who are absorbed by the representations in front of them, players of computer games entranced by the fictional worlds in which they interactively participate - all of these mental states of imaginative immersion are variants of `aesthetic illusion', as long as the recipients, although thus immersed, are still residually aware that they are experiencing not real ...

Immersion and Distance: Aesthetic Illusion in Literature and Other Media 2013, Editions Rodopi B.V., Leiden

ISBN-13: 9789042036574

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