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 line of research has not limited itself to proposing alternative answers to
structuralist queries ; it has also expanded its own horizon of interrogations .
Questions such as literary truth , the nature of fictionality , distance and
We do not individually possess qualities such as sincerity , ability to argue about
assertions , and readiness to accept their consequences , except for a very
limited range of sentences . Most often we behave as if our personal linguistic
The well - documented transition toward ever smaller universes that has
accompanied the evolution of Western fictional writing may well be connected to
the previously noted decrease in distance : closer views tend to be limited in
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