The paper is on Narrative & Moral Meaning. My basic contention is that fictional narratives (novels, short stories, plays and TV drama) are structurally didactic and are, and always have been, crucial to the way human societies exchange moral, political and social ideas with each other.
Stories do not exist in a rarefied artistic domain self-consciously divorced from the real-world. Nor do they exist in a vacuous empty arena of meaningless spectacle. They are central to how we define ourselves as individuals and societies and without them human societies simply couldn’t function.
A PDF of the presentation PowerPoint can be downloaded here.