Possible Worlds in Literary Theory

Possible Worlds in Literary Theory

by Ruth Ronen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521456487

ISBN-13: 9780521456487

Pub. Date: 11/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The concept of possible worlds, originally introduced in philosophical logic, proves to be a productive tool when borrowed by literary theory to explain the notion of fictional worlds. Ruth Ronen develops a comparative reading of the use of possible worlds in philosophy and in literary theory. She suggests new criteria for the definition of fictionality; and

Overview

The concept of possible worlds, originally introduced in philosophical logic, proves to be a productive tool when borrowed by literary theory to explain the notion of fictional worlds. Ruth Ronen develops a comparative reading of the use of possible worlds in philosophy and in literary theory. She suggests new criteria for the definition of fictionality; and through specific studies of domains within fictional worlds—events, objects, time and point of view—she proposes a radical rethinking of fictionality in general and fictional narrativity in particular.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521456487
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2004
Series:
Literature, Culture, Theory Series , #7
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Possible worlds, fictional worlds; 2. The possibility of fictional worlds; 3. The fictionality of fictional worlds; 4. Fictional entities, incomplete beings; 5. Fictional events and the intricacies of plot; 6. Focalization and fictional perspective; 7. Fictional time; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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