and Vicarious Narrative Experience.
If pastoralism, as Iser theorizes, has passed from the literary scene, the reason is that with the coming of modernity, "the function of literary fictionality
no longer needed to be exhibited," becoming an implicit feature of textuality (25).
This volume sheds new light not only on fictionality
, but also on other questions central to the study of early modern literature, including emerging notions of literary specificity and the thorny question of religious belief.
It gestures powerfully towards the issues of ethics, fictionality
, and reference explored throughout the book, and does so by offering itself as excluded excess.
Furthermore, she underscores Autolycus's share in adding to the sense of fictionality
in Bohemia: "The pun and metaphor (like disguise) are his tools and with them Autolycus transforms life into artifice which he sells back to the Clown on a literal level.
When fiction asserts its own fictionality
, it gains a veracity as document (of the imagination) that is more "real" than mimetic illusion.
The Chorus's apparent awareness of the fictionality
of its own narrative and of its power of selective description is unusual in Shakespeare -- for in other instances of geographic illustration, such as Caliban's history of his island, we have often to take into account the subjectivity of the character who is speaking and his dramatic engagement with the scene he describes.
is not the work itself but what makes the work possible' (p.
5) I have pointed to this awareness in "Freud's Case Histories and the Question of Fictionality
," in Telling Facts: History and Narration in Psychoanalysis, ed.
Sauerberg offers an interesting theoretical discussion of the interlocking problems of fictionality
and factuality, but he misses the importance of the openly political acts that lie behind the condoning of certain fictions as being more valuable and useful than others.
Ellison's formulation would imply, although he does not say so directly, that pure fictionality
, on the one hand, and the return to verisimilitude, on the other, are precluded by the concepts of difference and indexicality.
This will lead to a discussion of ontological levels in Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses in relation to the question of fictionality
theories of fictionality
to argue that metafiction challenges prevailing
Specific subjects covered in the text include the limitations of conventional narrative theory, contesting the boundary of fictionality
in contemporary narrative, unnantural narratives in the twentieth century, and others.
Several of the contributors view the fictional texts they examine as reactions against the "traditional" discourse of literary history; this tendency is most evident in the preface to the volume where Jeannelle argues that fictional texts dealing with literary history can be seen as a response to the emergence, in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, of literary history as an unimaginative academic discipline, which unlike early modern criticism has no place for fictionality