David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 66 (3):281-291 (2008)
What is suspense and how is it created? An answer to this question constitutes a theory of suspense. I propose that any theory of suspense needs to be able to account for three curious features: (1) Suspense is seldom felt in our daily lives, but frequently felt in response to works of fiction and other narrative artworks. [Narrative Imbalance] (2) It is widely thought that suspense requires uncertainty, but we often feel suspense in response to narratives when we have knowledge of the outcome. [Paradox of Suspense] (3) The amount of suspense felt in response to a narrative typically diminishes on repeated encounters. [Diminishing Returns] I offer a theory of suspense that can explain these three features. I argue for a theory called the Desire-Frustration Theory of Suspense, which holds that suspense results when our desire to effect the outcome of an imminent event is frustrated.
|Keywords||suspense paradox of suspense art and emotion|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Donald Beecher (2007). Suspense. Philosophy and Literature 31 (2):255-279.
Robert J. Yanal (1996). The Paradox of Suspense. British Journal of Aesthetics 36 (2):146-158.
Richard J. Gerrig (1997). Is There a Paradox of Suspense? A Reply to Yanal. British Journal of Aesthetics 37 (2):168-174.
Ferrari (1999). Aristotle's Literary Aesthetics. Phronesis 44 (3):181-198.
G. R. F. Ferrari (1999). Aristotle's Literary Aesthetics. Phronesis 44 (3):181 - 198.
Aaron Smuts & Jonathan Frome (2004). Helpless Spectators: Suspense in Videogames and Film. Text Technology 1 (1):13-34.
Christy Mag Uidhir (2011). An Eliminativist Theory of Suspense. Philosophy and Literature 35 (1):121-133.
Aaron Smuts (2009). The Paradox of Suspense. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy 2009 (6.1):1-15.
Christy Mag Uidhir (2011). The Paradox of Suspense Realism. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 69 (2):161-171.
John Henderson (1998). Virgil's Third Eclogue: How Do You Keep an Idiot in Suspense? Classical Quarterly 48 (01):213-.
Added to index2009-04-20
Total downloads107 ( #42,770 of 1,925,045 )
Recent downloads (6 months)15 ( #52,288 of 1,925,045 )
How can I increase my downloads?