Governing narrative events with tropes as institutional norms

Thompson, M., Padget, J. and Battle, S. (2017) Governing narrative events with tropes as institutional norms. In: Lewis, P. R., Headleand, C. J., Battle, S. and Ritsos, P. D., eds. (2017) Artificial Life and Intelligent Agents. (732) Springer, pp. 133-137. ISBN 9783319904177 Available from:

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A narrative world can be viewed as a form of society in which characters follow a set of social norms whose collective function is to guide the characters through (the creation of) a story arc and reach some conclusion. By modelling the rules of a narrative using norms, we can govern the actions of agents that act out the characters in a story. Agents are given sets of permitted actions and obligations to fulfil based on their and the story's current situation. However, a way to describe stories in terms of social norms is needed. Existing formalisms for narrative do not work at multiple layers of abstraction, and do not provide a rich enough vocabulary for describing stories. We use story tropes as a means of building reusable story components with which we describe the social norms that govern our storyworld agents.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: governing narrative events, tropes, institutional norms
Faculty/Department: Faculty of Environment and Technology > Department of Computer Science and Creative Technologies
Depositing User: Dr S. Battle
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2017 11:24
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2019 11:02


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