An important component of narrative involvement is identification, the taking on of a character’s emotions and perspective and adopting his or her goals. After carefully defining identification, the chapter turns to a brief discussion of some of its consequences such as enjoyment, interpretation, moral disengagement and influences on the self. The chapter then provides a critical examination and synthesis of studies that examine the determinants of identification. Determinants include viewing context, narrative features, audience traits, character features and various aspects of similarity between characters and audiences. After reviewing these studies the chapter suggests some conclusions and insights into the nature of identification that can be gleaned from this literature.
|Title of host publication||Handbook of narrative absorption|
|Editors||F. Hakemulder, M. Kuijpers, E. Tan, M. Doicaru, K. Balint|
|Place of Publication||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Publisher||John Benjamins Publishing Company|
|Number of pages||21|
|State||Published - 2017|