Literature is a source of understanding and insight into the human condition.
Yet ever since Aristotle, philosophers have struggled to provide a plausible account of how this can be the case.
For surely the fictionality - the sheer invented character - of the literary work means that literature concerns itself not with the real world but with other worlds - what are commonly called fictional worlds.
How is it, then, that fictions can tell us something ofconsequence about reality?
In Fiction and the Weave of Life, John Gibson offers a novel and intriguing account of the relationship between literature and life, and shows that literature's great cultural and cognitive value is inseparable from its fictionality and inventiveness.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 212 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- Publication Date: 01/01/2012
- Category: Literary theory
- ISBN: 9780199642571
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