Possible Worlds Theory and Contemporary Narratology (inbunden)
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Bell, Alice
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Possible Worlds Theory and Contemporary Narratology (inbunden)

Possible Worlds Theory and Contemporary Narratology

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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-Lubomir Dolezel, 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.
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"This collection is likely to become a kind of one-stop shop for scholars working on a range of related problems at the forefront of current narrative research: fictionality, digital media, transfictionality and transmediality, post-postmodernism, the poetics of science fiction and fantasy, [and more]."-Brian McHale, Distinguished Humanities Professor of English at Ohio State University -- Brian McHale "This book is a masterly summary of the progress made so far in the application of possible worlds theory to narratology and a valuable indicator of the many fascinating and thought-provoking directions in which research can be taken in the future. This book should be read by everyone with an interest in narrative theory."-Alan Palmer, author of Fictional Minds -- Alan Palmer

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Alice Bell is a reader in English language and literature at Sheffield Hallam University in England. She is the author of The Possible Worlds of Hypertext Fiction and the coeditor of Analyzing Digital Fiction. Marie-Laure Ryan is an independent scholar and the laureate of the 2017 Wayne Booth Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the International Society for the Study of Narrative. She is the author and editor of numerous books and is the coauthor of Storyworlds across Media: Toward a Media-Conscious Narratology (Nebraska, 2014).


List of Figures List of Tables Acknowledgements Introduction: Possible Worlds Theory Revisited Marie-Laure Ryan and Alice Bell Section I. Possible Worlds - Theoretical Perspectives 1. Porfyry's Tree for the Concept of Fictional World Lubomir Dolezel 2. From Possible Worlds to Storyworlds: On the Worldness of Narrative Representation Marie-Laure Ryan 3. Interface Ontologies: On the Possible, Virtual, and Hypothetical in Fiction Marina Grishakova Section II. Possible Worlds and Cognition 4. Ungrounding Fictional Worlds: An Enactivist Perspective on the "Worldlikeness" of Fiction Marco Caracciolo 5. Postmodern Play with Worlds: The Case of At Swim-Two-Birds W. Michelle Wang 6. Logical Contradictions, Possible-Worlds Theory, and the Embodied Mind Jan Alber Section III. Possible Worlds and Literary Genres 7. Escape into Alternative Worlds and Time(s) in Jack London's The Star Rover Christoph Bartsch 8. "As Many Worlds as Original Artists": Possible-Worlds Theory and the Literature of Fantasy Thomas L. Martin 9. The Best/Worst of All Possible Worlds? Utopia, Dystopia and Possible Worlds Theory Mattison Schuknecht Section IV. Possible Worlds and Digital Media 10. Digital Fictionality: Possible Worlds Theory, Ontology, and Hyperlinks Alice Bell 11. Possible Worlds, Virtual Worlds Francoise Lavocat 12. Rereading Manovich's Algorithm: Genre and Use in Possible World Theory Daniel Punday Postface 13. Postface Thomas Pavel List of Contributors Index