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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What or whom are the propositions about which readers propound when they say
' Mr . Pickwick did not visit Oxford ' ? Clearly , their propositions are about the
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propositions true therein . Imagine also an ideal reader for whom H is the only
possible alternative of the actual world G , which means that for this speaker
Consider next the following proposition : ( 1 ) Socrates is snubnosed as intimately
related to the state of affairs ( 2 ) ... For any possible world W , he continues , " the
book on W is the set B of propositions such that p is a member of B if W entails p ...
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