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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Such is , for instance , the world in which the priest , the barber , the other of
Quixana ' s friends manage to prevent him from escaping a second time . The
second set of worlds is existentially creative , in Evans ' sense ; it blends the
This results in a plurality of registers : fiction mixes with allegory , in a tendentious
way : good supernatural forces lack individuality ( angels , for instance ) , and so
do some of the evil forces , the Seven Deadly Sins , for instance . By contrast ...
But the alternative view is equally defensible . If structural qualities occasionally
do grow wild ( incompleteness today , for instance , not unlike allegory in the late
medieval literature or layers of meaning in baroque or mannerist poetry ) , these ...
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