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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Accordingly , Oedipus ' myth is reduced to the linkage of two semantic
oppositions : the overrating of kinship relations versus its underrating and the
chthonian versus the biological origin of man . A few events of the myth are
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... it not more probable that this block or warning device is ( figuratively ) installed
at the entrance into the newly fictionalized domain than at the origins of the
historical links relating each name of a god to the god ' s baptism ? What
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Hence , Derrida argues , speech allows , even presupposes , the death of the
subject : like writing , speech excludes the presence of the living voice from its act
( 1967a , “ Supplement of Origin " ) The above definition of convention might ...
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