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Evolution of modern literature and film


Sobchuk,  Oleg
The Mint, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society;

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Sobchuk, O. (2023). Evolution of modern literature and film. In J. J. Tehrani, J. Kendal, & R. Kendal (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Cultural Evolution. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198869252.013.45.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-000A-656E-A
The evolution of complex narratives, such as fictional books or films, is a fairly new area of cultural-evolutionary research. This chapter, first, discusses a theoretical question: in what sense do narratives evolve? Then, it proceeds to describing how content-based, or hedonic, selection influences the evolution of narrative forms – and briefly, the role of several other evolutionary mechanisms, such as drift and accumulation of innovations. Finally, the chapter presents the methods used for studying the evolution of literature and film at a large scale: from manual coding to various computational techniques.