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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Imagine a possible world H and a very large , possibly infinite set Ph of
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
In this case , the reader must use his decision procedure in order to see if he can
integrate the new information in at least one world H compatible with the actual
world G . Remembering that space research can be used for military purposes ...
The distinction between naive and more sophisticated reading becomes
essential , therefore . In a game - theory perspective , literary texts are assumed
to be built around a few basic rules that give access to the text ; while a naive
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