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 sort of background to provide for what we are explicitly told ” ( 1967 , p . 5
) . If sacred and fictional worlds share the two - level organization and the
allegorical links between the primary and the secondary ontologies , my example
of the ...
Accordingly , fiction is surrounded by sacred borders , by actuality borders , and
by representational borders . The sacred and the representational frontiers do not
surround only fiction , since the profane is distinguished from the sacred as well ...
Sacred beings and objects , miraculous or prophetic grottos , holy mountains ,
places of worship , all these provide for the points of articulation at which the two
worlds meet in what can be called a series of ontological fusions . Fusions can ...
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