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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When his human clients are judged , do they rebel against his procedure ? Those
who find their books enriched with impossible events and beings usually rejoice ,
since humans love to dream ; as for those whose Eternal destiny is threatened ...
Filled with sadness , he takes refuge on earth , in the hope that humans will treat
him better . Alas , during ... Human books , imperfect imitations , contain but tiny
fragments of Miscellanea , collected in Compendia fit for finite intellects . Some of
In the end , humans can understand the fallen genie even less than can his
former fellow angels . ... Worlds are separated from human texts by a long chain
of intermediaries : Magna Opera , which are inconceivably infinite collections of
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