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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Inspired by the idea of the phonological oppositions that distinguish lexical units ,
the analysis assumes that every myth or story is underlain by a pair of achronic
semantic oppositions , which constitute the semantic core of the story or myth and
Some of the doctrines it gradually adopted ( phonologism , mythocentrism ,
semantic fundamentalism , textolatry , and the antiexpressive stand ) led
nevertheless to a premature arrest of the theoretical advances and convinced
those scholars ...
Its semantic duality merely intensifies a more general feature of texts , thus
revealing under a particularly clear light the more general heteronomy of texts .
Moreover , the fictionality of a text is not always grounded in its semantic
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