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Title Possible worlds theory and contemporary narratology / edited by Alice Bell and Marie-Laure Ryan.
Imprint Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2019]

Series Frontiers of narrative
Subject Fantasy fiction -- History and criticism.
Narration (Rhetoric)
Alt Name Bell, Alice, 1979-
Ryan, Marie-Laure, 1946-
Description 1 online resource (x, 341 pages).
polychrome rdacc
Summary "An update to possible worlds theory and postclassical narratology, 'Possible Worlds Theory and Contemporary Narratology' offers advancements to this theoretical framework and a range of contemporary applications to literary narratives"-- Provided by publisher.
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--Lubomír Doležel, 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.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Possible worlds theory revisited / Marie-Laure Ryan and Alice Bell -- Porfyry's tree for the concept of fictional world / Lubomír Dole'el -- From possible worlds to storyworlds: on the worldness of narrative representation / Marie-Laure Ryan -- Interface ontologies: on the possible, virtual, and hypothetical in fiction / Marina Grishakova -- Ungrounding fictional worlds: an enactivist perspective on the "worldlikeness" of fiction / Marco Caracciolo -- Postmodern play with worlds: the case of At Swim-Two-Birds / W. Michelle Wang -- Logical contradictions, possible worlds theory, and the embodied mind / Jan Alber -- Escape into alternative worlds and time(s) in Jack London's The Star Rover / Christoph Bartsch -- "As many worlds as original artists": possible worlds theory and the literature of fantasy / Thomas L. Martin -- The best/worst of all possible worlds?: utopia, dystopia, and possible worlds theory / Mattison Schuknecht -- Digital fictionality: possible worlds theory, ontology, and hyperlinks / Alice Bell -- Possible worlds, virtual worlds / Françoise Lavocat -- Rereading Manovich's Algorithm: genre and use in possible world theory / Daniel Punday.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781496213051 (electronic bk.)
149621305X (electronic bk.)
9781496213075 (electronic bk.)
1496213076 (electronic bk.)
9780803294998 (hardback ; alk. paper)
0803294999 (hardback ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 1076876302
Additional Format Print version: Possible worlds theory and contemporary narratology. Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2019] 9780803294998 (DLC) 2018011949 (OCoLC)1043953290

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