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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... side , the interest in fiction fits naturally into the development of modern
philosophies of language and logic . ... the clarification of philosophical language
through careful scrutiny of concepts and the construction of powerful logical
Barthes ' s contention that mimesis is a contingent aspect of stories , entirely
subordinated to the narrative logic , provides a good example of this strategy :
The function of narrative is not to " represent ” ; it is to constitute a spectacle still
The logic of understanding a novel does not work differently . ... But such
hesitation does not affect the logical procedure , since the reader does not have
only to signal the propositions accepted into Pg and therefore assumed to be true
in the ...
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