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Moving PicturesA New Theory of Film Genres, Feelings, and Cognition$
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Torben Grodal

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198159834

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159834.001.0001

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Crime and Horror Fiction

Crime and Horror Fiction

(p.236) 10 Crime and Horror Fiction
Moving Pictures

Torben Grodal

Oxford University Press

Crime fiction is a subgenre of canonical narratives. As a result of its narrative structure, it has a characteristic strong emphasis on cognitive control, compared with the typical canonical narrative in which cognitive control is more closely integrated with physical acts. This chapter considers the way in which crime fiction relates to canonical narratives, metanarratives, and horror fiction, the means by which it modifies empathic relations, and that by which thrillers and horror fiction furthermore rely on cognitive dissonance for creating effect.

Keywords:   crime fiction, horror fiction, thrillers, cognitive dissonance, cognitive control

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