Edgar Dubourg

PhD Student

Edgar Dubourg is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris and holds a master's degree in Literary Theory from the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Ulm.


Today, he is a PhD student at the ENS. His work focuses on the psychological foundations and cultural evolution of attractive cultural features, such in fictions.

I try to understand:


Why do humans produce and consume fictional narratives such as novels, movies, TV series, video games, and storytelling board games?

Why are some fictional features universally observable across human societies (e.g., sympathetic protagonists who overcome obstacles)?

Why are some fictional features more conducive to cultural success (e.g., imaginary worlds in modern societies)?

How do fictional narratives culturally evolve both in their content (e.g., the evolution of horror) and in their form (e.g., the advent of video games) ?

What causes differences in people’s preference for specific fictions (e.g., people’s tastes for love stories)?

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