Download Citation on ResearchGate | On Jan 1, , Thomas Pavel and others published Heterocosmica. Fiction and Possible Worlds }. 70s, PW theory was adapted to the fictional worlds of narrative by the philosopher . book Heterocosmica: Fiction and Possible Worlds, Doležel. In Heterocosmica, Lubomir Dolezel offers a complete theory of literary fiction based on the idea of possible worlds. Beginning with a discussion of the extant.

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Return to Book Page. Literary fiction is probably the most active experimental laboratory of the world-constructing enterprise.

Heterocosmica: Fiction and Possible Worlds

Commentators hetedocosmica admit that fiction conveys some kind of truth—the truth of the story of Faust, for instance. They acknowledge that fiction usually bears some kind of relation to reality—for example, the London of Dickens.

But both the status of the truth and the nature of the relationship have baffled, frustrated, or repelled a long line of thinkers. Beginning with a discussion of the extant semantics and pragmatics of fictionality—by Leibniz, Russell, Frege, Searle, Auerbach, and others—he relates them to literature, literary theory, and narratology.

He also investigates theories of action, intention, and literary communication to develop a hdterocosmica of concepts that allows him to offer perceptive reinterpretations of a host of classical, modern, and postmodern fictional narratives—from Defoe through Dickens, Dostoevsky, Huysmans, Bely, and Kafka to Hemingway, Kundera, Rhys, Plenzdorf, and Coetzee.


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By careful attention to philosophical inquiry into possible worlds, especially Saul Kripke’s and Jaakko Hintikka’s, and through long familiarity with literary heterocosmiac, Dolezel brings us an unprecedented examination of the notion of fictional worlds. Paperbackpages. Fiction and Possible Worlds Parallax: Re-visions of Culture and Society. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Heterocosmicaplease sign up. Lists with This Book.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Dec 11, Kris rated it really liked it Shelves: A map is not the territory Jul 26, Nathaniel rated it it was ok Shelves: Jul 30, Robin rated it really liked it Shelves: Dolezel is a master of making things as complicated as possible. That said, once you possoble used to the heavy academic language, it’s a pretty good read. Sep 23, Dan rated it liked it. Impeccable and impressive scholarship, for sure.

But it also reads more often than not like a clever satire of the most tedious kind of academic writing.

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