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The notion of possible worlds has played a decisive role in postclassical narratology by awakening interest in the nature of fictionality and in emphasizing the notion of world as a source of aesthetic experience in narrative texts. As a theory concerned with the opposition between the actual world that we belong to and possible worlds created by the imagination, possible worlds theory has made significant contributions to narratology.

Possible Worlds Theory and Contemporary Narratology updates the field of possible worlds theory and postclassical narratology by developing this theoretical framework further and applying it to a range of contemporary literary narratives. This volume systematically outlines the theoretical underpinnings of the possible worlds approach, provides updated methods for analyzing fictional narrative, and profiles those methods via the analysis of a range of different texts, including contemporary fiction, digital fiction, video games, graphic novels, historical narratives, and dramatic texts. Through the variety of its contributions, including those by three originators of the subject area—Lubomír Doležel, Thomas Pavel, and Marie-Laure Ryan—Possible Worlds Theory and Contemporary Narratology demonstrates the vitality and versatility of one of the most vibrant strands of contemporary narrative theory.

 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. p. ix
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  1. List of Tables
  2. p. x
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  1. Introduction: Possible Worlds Theory Revisited
  2. Marie-Laure Ryan, Alice Bell
  3. pp. 1-44
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  1. Part 1. Theoretical Perspectives of Possible Worlds
  1. 1. Porfyry’s Tree for the Concept of Fictional Worlds
  2. Lubomír Doležel
  3. pp. 47-61
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  1. 2. From Possible Worlds to Storyworlds: On the Worldness of Narrative Representation
  2. Marie-Laure Ryan
  3. pp. 62-87
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  1. 3. Interface Ontologies: On the Possible, Virtual, and Hypothetical in Fiction
  2. Marina Grishakova
  3. pp. 88-110
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  1. Part 2. Possible Worlds and Cognition
  1. 4. Ungrounding Fictional Worlds: An Enactivist Perspective on the “Worldlikeness” of Fiction
  2. Marco Caracciolo
  3. pp. 113-131
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  1. 5. Postmodern Play with Worlds: The Case of At Swim-Two-Birds
  2. W. Michelle Wang
  3. pp. 132-156
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  1. 6. Logical Contradictions, Possible Worlds Theory, and the Embodied Mind
  2. Jan Alber
  3. pp. 157-176
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  1. Part 3. Possible Worlds and Literary Genres
  1. 7. Escape into Alternative Worlds and Time(s) in Jack London’s The Star Rover
  2. Christoph Bartsch
  3. pp. 179-200
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  1. 8. “As Many Worlds as Original Artists”: Possible Worlds Theory and the Literature of Fantasy
  2. Thomas L. Martin
  3. pp. 201-224
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  1. 9. The Best/Worst of All Possible Worlds? Utopia, Dystopia, and Possible Worlds Theory
  2. Mattison Schuknecht
  3. pp. 225-246
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  1. Part 4. Possible Worlds and Digital Media
  1. 10. Digital Fictionality: Possible Worlds Theory, Ontology, and Hyperlinks
  2. Alice Bell
  3. pp. 249-271
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  1. 11. Possible Worlds, Virtual Worlds
  2. Françoise Lavocat
  3. pp. 272-295
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  1. 12. Rereading Manovich’s Algorithm: Genre and Use in Possible Worlds Theory
  2. Daniel Punday
  3. pp. 296-314
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  1. Postface
  2. Thomas G. Pavel
  3. pp. 315-322
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 323-326
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 327-341
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  1. Further Series Titles
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781496213075
Related ISBN
9780803294998
MARC Record
OCLC
1076876302
Pages
372
Launched on MUSE
2019-01-02
Language
English
Open Access
No
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