How do we come to think we know, in the middle of a story or novel, what will happen next, and finally? And how is that carefully-fashioned unreliable knowledge exploited by writers who make us feel suspense, surprise, and other complex evaluative reactions? To address these questions, I explored those features of narrative texture which seem most central to our perceptions of and expectations regarding narrative progression, in my 2009 book.
For related reasons I am now also studying those features of narrative texts which seem most instrumental in causing readers to feel ‘immersed’ and emotionally moved in the course of reading.
At present (2013) I am completing a book which looks at the foundations of narrative coherence, and examines the roles of situation, repetition, and maximally vague mental picturing in how we make sense of extended fictional narratives.