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The Fictive and the Imaginary : Charting Literary Anthropology - Wolfgang Iser

The Fictive and the Imaginary

Charting Literary Anthropology

Paperback Published: 1st March 1993
ISBN: 9780801844997
Number Of Pages: 380
For Ages: 22+ years old

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"Iser is an influential figure, and aficionados will welcome the comprehensive exposition he provides here." -- Terence Cave, TLS

The pioneer of "literary anthropology," Wolfgang Iser presents a wide-ranging and comprehensive exploration of this new field in an attempt to explain the human need for the "particular form of make-believe" known as literature. Ranging from the Renaissance pastoral to Coleridge to Sartre and Beckett, The Fictive and the Imaginary is a distinguished work of scholarship from one of Europe's most respected and influential critics.

"A new book by Wolfgang Iser is an important event in the critical world. This one, with its wide-ranging and ambitious argument, will require the attention of everyone who thinks seriously and at all philosophically about literary culture and what it has to tell us about being human." -- Ross Chambers, University of Michigan.

Superb in its analysis of many scholarly sources. -- Carole J. Lambert * Southern Humanities Review * Iser is an influential figure, and aficionados will welcome the comprehensive exposition he provides here. -- Terence Cave * Times Literary Supplement *

Preface
Acknowledgments
Fictionalizing Actsp. 1
Tacit Knowledge of Fiction and Realityp. 1
The Triad: The Real, the Fictive, and the Imaginaryp. 2
Functional Differentiation of Fictionalizing Acts: Selection, Combination, Self-Disclosurep. 4
Renaissance Pastoralism as a Paradigm of Literary Fictionalityp. 22
Scenarios of Pastoral Poetry in Antiquityp. 25
The Eclogue and Its Referential Realityp. 34
The Two Worlds of the Pastoral Romancep. 46
Literary Fictionality as Staging, Ecstasy, and Transforming Processp. 69
Anthropological Implications: On Doubling and Totalityp. 79
Fiction Thematized in Philosophical Discoursep. 87
Introduction: Beyond Empiricismp. 87
Fiction as Idol: Francis Bacon and Criticismp. 93
Fiction as Modality: Jeremy Bentham and Affirmationp. 110
Fiction as a Transparent Posit: Hans Vaihinger and Neo-Kantian Schematismp. 130
Fiction as Differential: Nelson Goodman and Constructivismp. 152
The Chameleon of Cognition: Some Conclusions about Fictionp. 164
The Imaginaryp. 171
Historical Preliminariesp. 171
The Imagination as Faculty (Coleridge)p. 186
The Imaginary as Act (Sartre)p. 194
The Radical Imaginary (Castoriadis)p. 204
Interplay between the Fictive and the Imaginaryp. 222
Excursus: Beckett's Imagination Dead Imagine and Fantasy Literaturep. 238
Text Playp. 247
The Play of Map and Territoryp. 247
The Tilting Game of Imitation and Symbolizationp. 250
Games in the Textp. 257
Playing and Being Playedp. 273
Epiloguep. 281
Mimesis and Performancep. 281
Staging as an Anthropological Categoryp. 296
Notesp. 305
Index of Namesp. 343
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ISBN: 9780801844997
ISBN-10: 0801844991
Audience: General
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 380
Published: 1st March 1993
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45