Louis, Mr. Dog and Rabbit: Metalepsis in Interactive Narrative

  • Stuart Jones
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6432)


The author proposes a hypothesis that metalepsis by the narratee into the diegetic level of the story and therefore into the intradiegetic narratee position is a major ingredient in what makes some interactive narratives compelling, and that the move into this position is unconscious and a function of the porosity between narrative layers that interaction can engender in narrative. He illustrates his proposition with a storytelling ritual that is played out between a six year old child and himself.


metalepsis the diegesis intradiegetic narratee participation agency engagement 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stuart Jones
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  1. 1.Central Saint Martins College of Art and DesignUniversity of the ArtsLondonUK

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