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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On the philosophers ' side , the interest in fiction fits naturally into the
development of modern philosophies of language and logic . Starting with Frege ,
Russell , and Wittgenstein , the program of analytical philosophy had as its
central task the ...
For , if the links between universes , Magnum Opera , and languages are more
diversified , it becomes a distinct possibility that a certain universe falls outside
the scope of a certain language , and therefore of any Magnum Opus couched in
Reprinted in Mind , Language and Reality : Philosophical Papers , vol . 2 .
Cambridge , Eng . : Cambridge University Press , 1975 . 1965 . “ How Not To Talk
about Meaning . ” In Mind , Language and Reality . 1967 . “ The Nature of Mental
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