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Possible Worlds of Fiction and History

The Postmodern Stage

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Hardback

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Possible Worlds of Fiction and History by Lubomir Dolezel
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With Possible Worlds of Fiction and History, Lubomir Dolezel reexamines the claim-made first by Roland Barthes and then popularized by Hayden White-that "there is no fundamental distinction between fiction and history." Dolezel rejects this assertion and demonstrates how literary and discourse theory can help the historian to restate the difference between fiction and history. He challenges scholars to reassess the postmodern viewpoint by reintroducing the idea of possible worlds. Possible-worlds semantics reveals that possible worlds of fiction and possible worlds of history differ in their origins, cultural functions, and structural and semantic features. Dolezel's book is the first systematic application of this idea to the theory and philosophy of history. Possible Worlds of Fiction and History is the crowning work of one of literary theory's most engaged thinkers.

Author Biography

Lubomir Dolezel is professor emeritus of comparative literature at the University of Toronto and author of Heterocosmica: Fiction and Possible Worlds, also published by Johns Hopkins.
Release date Australia
March 2nd, 2010
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
No
Imprint
Johns Hopkins University Press
Pages
184
Dimensions
152x229x18
ISBN-13
9780801894633
Product ID
4052340

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