Possible Worlds in Literary Theory

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The concept of possible worlds, originally introduced in philosophical logic, has recently gained interdisciplinary influence; it proves to be a productive tool when borrowed by literary theory to explain the notion of fictional worlds. In this book Ruth Ronen develops a comparative reading of the use of possible worlds in philosophy and in literary theory, and offers an analysis of the way the concept contributes to our understanding of fictionality and the structure and ontology of fictional worlds. Dr Ronen suggests a new set of criteria for the definition of fictionality, making rigorous distinctions between fictional and possible worlds; and through specific studies of domains within fictional worlds - events, objects, time, and point of view - she proposes a radical rethinking of the problem of fictionality in general and fictional narrativity in particular.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages244
ISBN (Electronic)0511597487
ISBN (Print)9780521450171, 9780521456487
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1994

Publication series

NameLiterature, culture, theory; 7
PublisherCambridge University Pr


  • literary theory and criticism
  • possible worlds semantics

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Fiction -- Technique
  • Logic
  • Possibility in literature
  • Reality in literature
  • Fiction writing -- Fiction Technique
  • Metafiction -- Fiction Technique
  • Writing, Fiction -- Fiction Technique
  • Argumentation -- Logic
  • Deduction (Logic)
  • Deductive logic
  • Dialectic (Logic)
  • Logic, Deductive


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