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Fictional Worlds

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$35.00 • £28.95 • €31.50

ISBN 9780674299665

Publication Date: 01/01/1989


190 pages

6 x 9-1/4 inches


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Pavel’s work is an eloquent statement of one of the purposes of fiction: to allow the reader into a ‘made-up’ world so that the reader is allowed to invent that world himself… He challenges formalism, structuralism and textualism to make a case for seeing fiction, not so much as an aberration of culture, but rather as an integral, though marginal, phenomenon… An engaging text for scholars and writers alike.The Boston Globe

Fictional Worlds brings powerfully to bear on its topic the resources of literary theory, philosophy, and linguistics. It is a brilliant and humane account of the nature of the ‘ontological landscapes’ created by story, and how these landscapes create compelling, often conflicting realities. It is an intellectually exciting, beautifully conceived work.—Jerome Bruner

Cogently argued and generously sprinkled with examples from Homer to Herzog, this book is a welcome beginning toward a critique of the non-referential demands of structuralism, the hermeneutical mayhem of many deconstructionists, and the lurking relativism of extreme reader-response critics.Literature Theology

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