Modeling Foreshadowing in Narrative Comprehension for Sentimental Readers

  • Byung-Chull Bae
  • Yun-Gyung Cheong
  • Daniel Vella
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8230)


Foreshadowing is a narrative technique of manipulating the reader’s inferences about the story progression. This paper reviews research on foreshadowing and reader comprehension in narratology and cognitive science. We use the term sentimental reader to refer to sophisticated readers who make active efforts in their reading experiences, and then we list various examples of foreshadowing found in novels, films, and games, discussing their impact on the sentimental reader’s reasoning process. We further present an example of interactive fiction associated with the use of foreshadowing and conclude with future work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Byung-Chull Bae
    • 1
  • Yun-Gyung Cheong
    • 1
  • Daniel Vella
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Computer Games ResearchIT University of CopenhagenCopenhagen SDenmark

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