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Schaper, Eva. Fiction and the suspension of disbelief
1978, British Journal of Aesthetics 18 (1):31-44.
Added by: Chris Blake-Turner, Contributed by: Christy Mag Uidhir

Abstract: I want to suggest that the notion of the suspension of disbelief cannot coherently be used to explain or account for our reactions to fictional characters and events, and that in any case it is unnecessary to the solution of the alleged paradox. I take fiction here to cover art works in which a story is told, presented or represented, i.e. novels, short stories, plays, certain kinds of painting and sculpture and dance-any works in fact is connection with which it makes sense to speak of characters appearing and events taking place in them.

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