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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For , if texts are not uniformly related to books on worlds , if at each step
heteronomy and dislocation intervene to blur the picture ... But since mixture and
not homogeneity governs textual matters , fiction does not constitute the
exception one is ...
referential instinct presses us to go beyond the textual medium . Text
transcending serves us well , especially when worlds belonging to the same
family are reached through both textual and nontextual means . Romans á clef
are so delightful ...
The question of the relative size of worlds and texts must therefore be tackled
independently of the building blocks that make ... Under this assumption , the size
of a fictional world is directly related to textual size : the fictional states of affairs
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