5. Emotions

  1. Keith Oatley

Published Online: 15 JUL 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781119970910.ch5

Such Stuff as Dreams: The Psychology of Fiction

Such Stuff as Dreams: The Psychology of Fiction

How to Cite

Oatley, K. (2011) Emotions, in Such Stuff as Dreams: The Psychology of Fiction, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119970910.ch5

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 JUL 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470974575

Online ISBN: 9781119970910



  • emotions - scenes in the imagination;
  • Sergei Eisenstein's film, The battleship Potemkin - emotions of fiction, constructed in the mind;
  • Potemkin, era of silent movies - things that characters say, displayed as captions;
  • films, having its own language - not just versions of those witnessed, as shown by Sermin Ildirar and colleagues;
  • dreams of fiction, about emotions - almost like saying, being wholly emotions;
  • prose fiction, stage and film - characters and emotions, emotions not really the issue;
  • mirroring, across a range of emotions - and empathy;
  • Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo and Ridley Scott's Blade runner - viewers' sense of success and failure of plans, protagonist and antagonist;
  • emotions of identification and sympathy - fresh emotions;
  • Scheff, and function of drama and fiction - one to relive, assimilating emotions from the past, with effects on one's lives


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • In the mind

  • Empathy and identification

  • The experience of emotion in fiction

  • In the spaces of metonymy

  • Exploration and projection