Does anyone know of any good reading on the subject of abstract representation? I am not totally sure what fields of study this topic directly relates to, but I would guess it’s largely a semiotics thing.
I am interested in the fact that abstraction is a process of reduction or of paring something down without damaging the significance behind the representation. I am interested in how abstraction is used to make things clearer and more intuitive despite making the original thing smaller and obviously imperfect.
I’m cooking up a proposal for a paper and looking for research materials. So if anyone can think of any games studies literature on abstraction in games, that’s the goldmine! And also if anyone appreciates how abstraction functions in classic models of dream interpretation and psychoanlysis and knows a general resource that sort of outlines how abstraction works in that context, that is also of interest to me!