The Narrative-Communication Structure in Interactive Narrative Works

  • Udi Ben-Arie
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-10643-9_20

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5915)
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Ben-Arie U. (2009) The Narrative-Communication Structure in Interactive Narrative Works. In: Iurgel I.A., Zagalo N., Petta P. (eds) Interactive Storytelling. ICIDS 2009. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 5915. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


Interactive work on new media platforms differs from familiar work on more traditional media, such as literature, theatre, cinema and television, in terms of their narrative-communication situation. Interactive works, unlike cinematic works, allow the viewer to participate to a different extent, involving a reciprocal communication process. In this paper I propose a bi-directional communication structure for interactive storytelling systems, based on narratology theory and communication film theory. I adapt existing narrative-communication models of conventional media, mainly those of Seymour Chatman and Vivian Sobchack, to suggest a detailed narrative-communication model for interactive storytelling systems, which would facilitate the formulation of a better definition of the various constituent elements of interactive storytelling communication, and the functions they fulfill.


Interactive Narrative Narrative-Communication Interactive Storytelling Systems Narrative Theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Udi Ben-Arie
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  1. 1.Department of Film and TV, The Yolanda and David Katz Faculty of the ArtsTel Aviv UniversityTel Aviv-YaffoIsrael

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