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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In order to answer this question , Donnellan examines an example involving
fictional beings . A child who discovers that Santa Claus is a fiction and states (
11 ) Santa Claus does not exist means that sentences like “ Santa Claus comes ...
In our example , the world of the children playing in the mud functions as the
primary universe , while the world of cooks ... the two universes are linked by a
relation of correspondence , which in our example yields an isomorphism , since
But even these examples show that more complex varieties of combinatorialism
go beyond space - time points and use as building blocks ... How could we
account , for example , for an entity like Borges ' Aleph in terms of space - time
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