Fictional worlds

Thomas G. Pavel

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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  • 1. Beyond Structuralism 2. Fictional Beings 3. Salient Worlds 4. Border, Distance, Size, Incompleteness 5. Conventions 6. The Economy of the Imaginary Notes References Index

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書名 Fictional worlds
著作者等 Pavel, Thomas G
出版元 Harvard University Press
刊行年月 1986
ページ数 viii, 178 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0674299663
NCID BA01061660
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国