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Fiction and the Weave of Life

John Gibson

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199299522
eISBN:
9780191714900
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199299522.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

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 ... More


Conclusion

Max Saunders

in Self Impression: Life-Writing, Autobiografiction, and the Forms of Modern Literature

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199579761
eISBN:
9780191722882
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579761.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This conclusion argues that auto/biography is shadowed by the alter ego of scepticism, whether directed at the reality or intelligibility of selves; their representability; or the adequacy of the ... More


Introduction

Alastair Matthews

in The Kaiserchronik: A Medieval Narrative

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199656998
eISBN:
9780191742187
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656998.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter introduces the Kaiserchronik and summarizes what is known about the origins of the work, which is generally associated with the Regensburg of the mid-twelfth century. On the basis of ... More


Narrative and Imagination

Peter Lamarque and Stein Haugom Olsen

in Truth, Fiction, and Literature: A Philosophical Perspective

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198236818
eISBN:
9780191679377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236818.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Language

This chapter addresses two further challenges posed by the alleged ‘ubiquity of narrative’ and ‘ubiquity of imagination’. There are strikingly similar pressures thought to be imposed by narrative and ... More


Common Precedents: The Presentness of the Past in Victorian Law and Fiction

Ayelet Ben-Yishai

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199937646
eISBN:
9780199333110
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199937646.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Common Precedents argues that precedent constitutes a sophisticated and powerful mechanism for managing social and cultural change and that this quality accounts for its unacknowledged ... More


Biopunk Dystopias Genetic Engineering, Society and Science Fiction

Lars Schmeink

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781781383766
eISBN:
9781786944115
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781383766.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

'Biopunk Dystopias' contends that we find ourselves at a historical nexus, defined by the rise of biology as the driving force of scientific progress, a strongly grown mainstream attention given to ... More


The Failure of Textuality

Daphna Erdinast-Vulcan

in Joseph Conrad and the Modern Temper

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198117858
eISBN:
9780191671081
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117858.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism, European Literature

As we attempt to understand the notion of ‘life as a text’ through examining what Stein referred to as ‘how to be’ in relation to the role of art in this query, the relation between life and art is ... More


Telling It Like It Wasn't: The Counterfactual Imagination in History and Fiction

Catherine Gallagher

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226512389
eISBN:
9780226512556
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226512556.001.0001
Subject:
History, Historiography

Historical “what-if” scenarios abound in our current political, academic, legal, cultural, and literary discourses. This book reveals the origins and development of the counterfactual mode of ... More


Alexander Veselovsky’s Historical Poetics vs. Cultural Poetics: Remembering the Future

Victoria Somoff

in Persistent Forms: Explorations in Historical Poetics

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780823264858
eISBN:
9780823266852
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823264858.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The chapter confronts a paradox in Veselovsky’s theory of the persistence of forms, which appears to exclude the possibility of new forms arising. Juxtaposing Veselovsky’s “uncomfortably extreme view ... More


Conspicuous Silences: Implicature and Fictionality in the Victorian Novel

Ruth Rosaler

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780198769743
eISBN:
9780191822582
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769743.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Criticism/Theory

How are a reader’s perceptions of a plot impacted by its presentation as textual clues as opposed to explicit narration, and why would an author choose this comparatively indirect mode of narration? ... More


The novel as therapy: Ministrations of voice in an age of risk: Lecture on the Novel in English Read 15 May 2014

Patricia Waugh

in British Academy Lectures 2014-15

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780197265987
eISBN:
9780191772054
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197265987.003.0002
Subject:
History, European Modern History

Examining relations between ‘therapy culture’ and the ‘risk society’, this essay suggests that the novel developed to offer a powerful workout for the kinds of socio-cognitive capacities and ... More


Conclusion

Ruth Rosaler

in Conspicuous Silences: Implicature and Fictionality in the Victorian Novel

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780198769743
eISBN:
9780191822582
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769743.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Criticism/Theory

The conclusion describes the impetus for the scholarship presented in the main body of the work, and discusses how the main arguments presented in the previous four chapters build on previous ... More


Critical overview and conclusion

Bruce Woodcock

in Peter Carey

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719043604
eISBN:
9781781700532
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719043604.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter reviews Carey's novels and stresses various aspects in the political concerns of his fiction. It identifies the main trends in Carey criticism, especially the views of Carey as a ... More


True Lies: Authority, Authenticity, and Authorship in <i>In the Heat of the Sun</i> and <i>Suzhou River</i>

G. Andrew Stuckey

in Metacinema in Contemporary Chinese Film

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9789888390816
eISBN:
9789888455133
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888390816.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

“True Lies” focuses on the truth claims inherent in the act of narrating a story. Through linked close readings of Jiang Wen’s In the Heat of the Sun (1994) and Lou Ye’s Suzhou River (2000), we see ... More


Fictions of the Real: The Currency of the Brazilian <i>Chanchada</i>

Nilo Couret

in Mock Classicism: Latin American Film Comedy, 1930-1960

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780520296848
eISBN:
9780520969162
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520296848.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The Brazilian chanchada, or musical comedy, is a popular genre from the golden age of Brazilian cinema with a substantial Portuguese-language academic literature. Instead of retreading these ... More


The Place Where Anything Can Happen

Rihan Yeh

in Passing: Two Publics in a Mexican Border City

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226511887
eISBN:
9780226512075
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226512075.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Latin American Cultural Anthropology

Chapter 3 returns to Inés and her daughter Dara to show how passing turns their projects to consolidate middle-class status inside out. From Inés’ tales of her past to a quibble over table manners, ... More


“They Say” in the Country Club

Rihan Yeh

in Passing: Two Publics in a Mexican Border City

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226511887
eISBN:
9780226512075
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226512075.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Latin American Cultural Anthropology

Hearsay first appeared in chapter 2 as the figure against which Inés mobilizes a narrative of liberal publicity; in chapter 4, it emerges as the communicative stance at the basis of another Tijuana. ... More


Leiris and Dialogue

Jonathan Evans

in The Many Voices of Lydia Davis: Translation, Rewriting, Intertextuality

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781474400176
eISBN:
9781474426909
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474400176.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

This chapter focuses on Davis’s literary relationship with Michel Leiris. Davis has translated three of Leiris’s books, including two volumes of his autobiography La Règle du jeu. Davis’s translation ... More


Introduction

Catherine Gallagher

in Telling It Like It Wasn't: The Counterfactual Imagination in History and Fiction

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226512389
eISBN:
9780226512556
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226512556.003.0001
Subject:
History, Historiography

The introduction defines what is meant by historical counterfactuals and delineates the three major forms that they take: analytical counterfactual histories, alternate histories, and ... More


Homer in the Gutter: From Samuel Butler to the Second Sophistic and Back Again

James I. Porter

in Marginality, Canonicity, Passion

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780198818489
eISBN:
9780191859540
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198818489.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

In antiquity Homer may have been the most revered of poets, and the foundation of all literary criticism and philology; but he was also the most maligned and interfered with of ancient poets. He ... More


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