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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This kind of argument , which I would call the “ model breakdown ” approach ,
consists of three operations : it is first claimed that literature is a subclass of a
more general field ; second , a model of this field is expounded ; third , it is shown
On the contrary , when confronted with fictions of this kind , we seem to anticipate
a maximal departure and to look anxiously after its signs . Mimetic principles are
supplemented with antimimetic expectations . There are worlds where Sherlock ...
10 The Semantics of Tragedy Semantic threads of this kind can be found in
constitutive conventions as well : literary genres , for instance , often carry along
strong hypotheses about their fictional worlds . These are less visible in the
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