By (author) Thomas G. Pavel
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Fictional Worlds by Thomas G. Pavel
Book DescriptionCreators 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674299665
(235mm x 152mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1989
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Thomas G. Pavel
Lives of the Novel, Paperback (July 2015)
Reprint. Originally published: Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, A 2013.
Spell of Language, Paperback (October 2001)» View all books by Thomas G. Pavel
The author shows that structuralism's use of linguistic theory has rendered hollow the philosophical core of a generation of work in the human sciences. He isolates three modes of thought and shows how they all, despite differences, advocate an antihumanist point of view.
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Author Biography - Thomas G. Pavel
Thomas G. Pavel is Professor of Literature, University of California at Santa Cruz.
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