Narratology and Creativity

Narratology and Creativity

Akinori Abe (Chiba University, Japan)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 18
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-4775-4.ch005


In previous studies, the author discussed the creativity in IMDJ. The author discussed it from the perspective of abduction. In addition, the author discussed the role of comfortable communication in the creative situation as well as usual situation. In this chapter, the author discusses the role of narratology in the creative task.
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In this chapter, the author will discuss the role of narratology or story telling in the creative task. Narratology was regarded as a concept in story telling or generation. For instance, literary works generation can be achieved by the concept of narratology (Abe, 2016; Ogata, 2016). Previously the author discussed the possibility of the literary works generation by computer (Abe, 2016). Also Rolf Jensen showed the importance of story in selling products (Jensen, 1999). These can be regarded as creative tasks and by the story or narrative, the creativity enhanced in several situations. Thus story or narratology is very important in creativity.

For the conversation activation with a robot, Yamaguchi, Neguri and Otake showed very interesting results (Yamaguchi, Nergui, & Otake, 2014). They conducted experiments in two types of conversation. One was with all human and another was with a robot. The robot presented the reproduced interesting stories. They analyzed the data by the frequency of evoked laughter in each topic and in all participants. The reproduced stories presented by the robot created more laughter than the original stories presented by human. Thus, the robot successfully elicited more laughter than the human participants. Accordingly, they concluded that the robot successfully enlivened group conversation through evoking laughter. In fact, their application is the coimagination sessions for the elder persons. And the activity situation was evaluated by the frequency of laughter. The frequency of laughter will not be connected with the creativity. However, this result show us the possibility of the introducing of proper robot for the activation of conversation which will cause us to the better creativity.

Therefore, the authors also discuss this type of conversation with a robot. Of course the conversation can be discussed in the context of narratology and storytelling.

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