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Possible Worlds in Literary Theory : Cambridge Copy Collection - Ruth Ronen

Possible Worlds in Literary Theory

Cambridge Copy Collection

Hardcover Published: 27th May 1994
ISBN: 9780521450171
Number Of Pages: 260

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The concept of possible worlds, originally introduced in philosophical logic, has recently gained interdisciplinary influence; it proves to be a productive tool when borrowed by literary theory to explain the notion of fictional worlds. In this book Ruth Ronen develops a comparative reading of the use of possible worlds in philosophy and in literary theory, and offers an analysis of the way the concept contributes to our understanding of fictionality and the structure and ontology of fictional worlds. Dr Ronen suggests a new set of criteria for the definition of fictionality, making rigorous distinctions between fictional and possible worlds; and through specific studies of domains within fictional worlds - events, objects, time, and point of view - she proposes a radical rethinking of the problem of fictionality in general and fictional narrativity in particular.

"...Ronen's book is a most valuable and exciting contribution of great interest to two communities of specialized readers: those interested in the general dynamics of theory formation in cultural studies and those whose interests focus on one central issue in this sphere, fictional worlds and their constitutive domains." Uri Margolin, Style "...illuminates the logic underlying an important interdisciplinary borrowing and constitutes a powerful reassessment of fictional narrativity. It is a splendid performance." Gerald Prince, Language of Design

Possible worlds, fictional worlds
The possibility of fictional worlds
The fictionality of fictional worlds
Fictional entities, incomplete beings
Fictional events and the intricacies of plot
Focalization and fictional perspective
Fictional time
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ISBN: 9780521450171
ISBN-10: 0521450179
Series: Cambridge Copy Collection
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 27th May 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48