Governing Narrative Events with Tropes as Institutional Norms

  • Matt ThompsonEmail author
  • Julian Padget
  • Steve Battle
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 732)


A narrative world can be viewed as a form of society in which characters follow a set of social norms whose collective function is to guide the characters through (the creation of) a story arc and reach some conclusion. By modelling the rules of a narrative using norms, we can govern the actions of agents that act out the characters in a story. Agents are given sets of permitted actions and obligations to fulfil based on their and the story’s current situation. However, a way to describe stories in terms of social norms is needed. Existing formalisms for narrative do not work at multiple layers of abstraction, and do not provide a rich enough vocabulary for describing stories. We use story tropes as a means of building reusable story components with which we describe the social norms that govern our storyworld agents.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of BathBathUK
  2. 2.Department of Computer Science and Creative TechnologiesUniversity of the West of EnglandBristolUK

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