Harvard University Press, 1986 - 178 pagine
Creators of fiction demand that we venture into alien spaces, into the worlds of Antigone, Don Quixote, Faust, Sherlock Holmes. Created worlds may resemble the actual world, but they can just as easily be deemed incomplete, precarious, or irrelevant. Why, then, does fiction continue to pull us in and, more interesting perhaps, how? In this beautiful book Pavel provides a poetics of the imaginary worlds of fiction, their properties and their reason for being.
Thomas Pavelis a noted literary theorist and a novelist as well. His genial, graceful book has a polemical edge: he notes that structuralism started as a project to infuse new life into literary studies through the devices of linguistics. That project undercut referential issues, however, and is now obsolete. Pavelargues that what matters about fiction is its relation to the human capacity of invention and the complex requirements of imagination. He moves decisively beyond the constraints of formalism and textualism toward a diverse theory of fiction that is sensitive to both literary and philosophical concerns. Along the way he takes its through special landscapes that reveal the inextricability of art, religion, and myth. This is a venturesome book of the first order.
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conversely , fictionalization originates in the loss of the referential link between
the characters and events described in a literary text and their real counterparts .
Were the Homeric poems not assumed for a long time to speak about imaginary ...
Here again the spectator is drawn to the side of a fictional character , a maneuver
that to a certain extent increases the ... did not resort to fictive individualized
characters , but instead employed abstract notions embodied as allegorical
Groups of characters sharing the same moves form narrative or dramatic
domains . In King Lear , for instance , after the partition of the kingdom , Lear ,
Kent , and Cordelia belong to the same dramatic domain , while Goneril , Regan ,
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