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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Some sets of properties are such that objects correlated with them are impossible
: a collection of features containing both squareness and roundness would
correspond to the impossible square circle . But the impossibility of its actually ...
made up of particles and waves , but also our everyday worlds host such
impossible entities as individual psyches , desires , dreams , and symbols .
Consistent worlds originate in a strong idealization , and our commitment to
coherence is less ...
About the folios hidden there not much is known , but the effect of the genie ' s
visits is often reflected in the composition of the books he prepares , books that
are incongruously replete with sentences impossible in the actual world and in its
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