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Graphic Novels as Philosophy$
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Jeff McLaughlin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496813275

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496813275.001.0001

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Living in a Fictional World: Reading and Identification in Lost Girls

Living in a Fictional World: Reading and Identification in Lost Girls

(p.189) Living in a Fictional World: Reading and Identification in Lost Girls
Graphic Novels as Philosophy

Alfonso Muñoz-Corcuera

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter studies Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie's Lost Girls and how it deals with another topic that is being discussed in contemporary aesthetics: identification with fictional characters. However, most philosophers hold that people cannot identify with fictional characters. When someone says that they identify with a certain fictional character, they are just wrong, or, at best, using the term in a metaphorical sense. The chapter shows how, because a given situation always has different aspects, identification happens with regard to different aspects too. It puts forward a concept called “egocentric identification,” which refers to the identifying of oneself with a fictional character, caring about them in the same way someone cares about themselves.

Keywords:   Lost Girls, Alan Moore, Melinda Gebbie, identification, egocentric identification, fictional characters, contemporary aesthetics

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