Cover

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Frontmatter

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CONTENTS

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pp. vii-viii

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ONE Analytic Aesthetics

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pp. 2-23

This is a book of literary theory, written by a literary theorist for literary theorists. My aim here is fourfold. First and foremost, I seek to integrate contemporary analytic aesthetics together with certain of its concepts and methods into literary studies. ...

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TWO Artwork

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pp. 24-43

Over the ages there has been no shortage of critical manifestos on the order of Horace’s Ars Poetica, Sidney’s Defence of Poesie, Wordsworth’s preface to Lyrical Ballads, or Tolstoy’s “What Is Art?” As rationalizations for the class of writing practiced by their exponents, ...

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THREE Work and Text

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pp. 44-65

Artworks are not equivalent to their structures from the standpoint of identity. But what about individuation? If literary works are not equivalent to texts, what is the relation between creations that boast identical texts? ...

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FOUR Fiction and Nonfiction

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pp. 66-87

In this inexhaustible source of philosophical insight and critical common sense, Aristotle’s Poetics, we find the following observation: “Homer and Empedocles have nothing in common but the meter, so that it would be right to call the one poet, the other physicist rather than poet.” 1 The meaning of this passage is clear. ...

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FIVE The Nature of Fiction

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pp. 88-109

Fictionality resides neither in the text nor in the text’s relational properties, be they referential or functional. Instead, the nature of fiction is determined by the reflexive intentions of a writer during the work’s creation. In the lexicon of speech-act theory, fictionality is a matter of performance. ...

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SIX Fictional Truth

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pp. 110-131

The author-reader model of reflexive interdependence continues to be of value when it comes to the problem of implicit story content—a sine qua non of all interpretation. Known in analytic aesthetics as the problem of fictional truth (or, sometimes, truth in fiction), ...

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SEVEN Intention and Interpretation

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pp. 132-153

Featuring some of the best-known names in contemporary analytic aesthetics, Gary Iseminger’s and Michael Krausz’s respective anthologies, Interpretation and Intention and Is There a Single Right Interpretation?, represent efforts to make sense of the historical divisions of opinion regarding intentions and interpretations. ...

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EIGHT Aesthetics and Evolution

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pp. 154-176

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty, that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.” Of John Keats’s ekphrastic “Ode on a Grecian Urn” most readers remember just this final couplet, perhaps not even for its intrinsic beauty as for the sentiment it professes. ...

Notes

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pp. 177-188

Works Cited

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pp. 189-206

Index

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pp. 207-212