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Talking About Nothing: Numbers, Hallucinations and Fictions

Jody Azzouni

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199738946
eISBN:
9780199866175
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199738946.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Ordinary language and scientific language enable us to speak about, in a singular way (with demonstratives and names), what we recognize not to exist: fictions, the contents of our hallucinations, ... More


Fictionalism

Christopher Pincock

in Mathematics and Scientific Representation

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199757107
eISBN:
9780199932313
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199757107.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Fictionalism about mathematics is the view that we can use mathematics in science and yet not believe that our mathematical claims are true. This chapter critically evaluates some of the most ... More


Coda: Literature and the Contemporary Zombie | The Appropriate Monster

Tim Lanzendörfer

in Books of the Dead: Reading the Zombie in Contemporary Literature

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781496819062
eISBN:
9781496819109
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496819062.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The coda explores what the book takes to be the most expansive question about contemporary zombie fiction, its meaning for literature at large. It departs from the question of whether we will be able ... More


Invention of the Novel: From Stage Act and Temple Ritual to Literary Text

Mark R. E. Meulenbeld

in Demonic Warfare: Daoism, Territorial Networks, and the History of a Ming Novel

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824838447
eISBN:
9780824869458
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824838447.003.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter examines the invention of the academic discipline of Chinese literature in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It challenges some of the predominant notions in the field ... More


Criminal Moves: Modes of Mobility in Crime Fiction

Jesper Gulddal, Alistair Rolls, and Stewart King (eds)

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781789620580
eISBN:
9781789629590
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620580.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book offers a major intervention into contemporary theoretical debates about crime fiction. Academic studies in the genre have historically been encumbered by a set of restrictive ... More


The Moral Attitudes

Frank Palmer

in Literature and Moral Understanding: A Philosophical Essay on Ethics, Aesthetics, Education, and Culture

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198242321
eISBN:
9780191680441
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198242321.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Moral Philosophy

In responding to literary fiction, it is essential that people have moral responses to fictional characters. It is unintelligible to suppose that access could be gained to understanding ... More


Narratives

Joanna Gavins

in Text World Theory: An Introduction

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748622993
eISBN:
9780748671540
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622993.003.0008
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

This chapter focuses on prototypical narrative discourse: literary fiction. It examines two extracts from two examples of contemporary prose fiction. The discussion then extends into an exploration ... More


Tales of Hypnotic Crime

Stefan Andriopoulos

in Possessed: Hypnotic Crimes, Corporate Fiction, and the Invention of Cinema

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226020549
eISBN:
9780226020570
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226020570.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter analyzes competing late nineteenth-century medical theories of “suggestion” to establish the constitutive role of literary fiction for the lively scientific debate about hypnotic crimes. ... More


Casting in Bold Relief

Catherine Z. Elgin

in True Enough

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780262036535
eISBN:
9780262341370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262036535.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Laboratory experiments, thought experiments, and literary fictions are felicitous falsehoods. They distance themselves from the facts they bear on to screen out irrelevant, potentially confounding ... More


Perspectives on Metaphor and Literary Fiction

in Michel Tournier and the Metaphor of Fiction

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853238430
eISBN:
9781846313561
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238430.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter discusses metaphor in literary fiction in the context of French author Michael Tournier's works. It offers an argument rooted in the presupposition that the study of metaphor helps ... More


Introduction: Postapocalyptic Pastoral

Mark Payne

in Flowers of Time: On Postapocalyptic Fiction

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780691205946
eISBN:
9780691206400
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691205946.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter focuses on postapocalyptic fiction, which imagine the life that human beings might lead after the apocalyptic event has passed. It references large-scale works of literary fiction that ... More


Postscript: Literary Fiction on the Edge

Asha Rogers

in State Sponsored Literature: Britain and Cultural Diversity after 1945

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
April 2020
ISBN:
9780198857761
eISBN:
9780191890383
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198857761.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This short concluding essay revisits the main ideas explored in this book, including the material and symbolic entanglements of state support and literature’s special capacity to represent the full ... More


The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 7: British and Irish Fiction Since 1940

Peter Boxall and Bryan Cheyette (eds)

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780198749394
eISBN:
9780191869754
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198749394.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

This book offers an account on the last eight decades of British and Irish prose fiction. It begins during the Second World War, when novel production fell by more than a third, and ends at a time ... More


Nadeem Aslam

Sara Upstone

in British Asian Fiction: Twenty-first Century Voices

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719078323
eISBN:
9781781703229
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719078323.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

In his three novels, Season of the Rainbirds (1993), Maps for Lost Lovers (2004) and The Wasted Vigil (2008), Nadeem Aslam fuses conventional postcolonial themes and literary techniques with a ... More


Freud’s Cases

Arne Höcker

in The Case of Literature: Forensic Narratives from Goethe to Kafka

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501749353
eISBN:
9781501749384
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501749353.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter assesses Sigmund Freud's case histories in his 1895 Studies on Hysteria. Far from removing literature from the psychological context, Freud shifts the focus regarding the function of ... More


Recomposing the past: trauma and improvisation in Toni Morrison's Jazz and Jackie Kay's Trumpet

Anne Whitehead

in Trauma Fiction

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748618576
eISBN:
9780748651726
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748618576.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter views the conceptualisation of literature as a way of ‘working-through’, which consequently involves its own potential risks, and stresses that writing must not forget the challenge that ... More


Introduction

Arne Höcker

in The Case of Literature: Forensic Narratives From Goethe to Kafka

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501749353
eISBN:
9781501749384
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501749353.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This introductory chapter provides an overview of how representing cases in fictional narrative became an important touchstone for the development of German literature. The concept case refers to a ... More


Conclusion: Literary Reference and Authorship

Arne Höcker

in The Case of Literature: Forensic Narratives from Goethe to Kafka

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501749353
eISBN:
9781501749384
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501749353.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter explains that, without any doubt, Goethe's and Moritz's novels as well as Schiller's and Kleist's novellas are part of today's German literary canon. But just as certainly, this literary ... More


The New Scottish Renaissance?

Scott Hames

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 7: British and Irish Fiction Since 1940

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780198749394
eISBN:
9780191869754
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198749394.003.0031
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

This chapter examines the boom in Scottish literary fiction during the 1980s and 1990s, and the rhetoric of its presentation as a ‘new renaissance’. With this label came remarkably strong claims for ... More


Conclusion: The Fiction of Authority

Arne Höcker

in The Case of Literature: Forensic Narratives from Goethe to Kafka

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501749353
eISBN:
9781501749384
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501749353.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter explains that while literary texts in the nineteenth century continued the convention of referencing historical cases, they did so in order to question institutional authority and to ... More


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