Title Possible Worlds Theory and Contemporary Narratology
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Author Alice Bell, Marie-Laure Ryan
ISBN 9780803294998
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Binding Hardbound
No of pages 354
Book size 152 x 228 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher University of Nebraska Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
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Reviews:

“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

 

“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


Description:

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.


Contents:

List of Illustrations

List of Tables

Introduction: Possible Worlds Theory Revisited (Marie-Laure Ryan and Alice Bell)


Part 1. Theoretical Perspectives of Possible Worlds

Chapter 1. Porfyry’s Tree for the Concept of Fictional Worlds (Lubomír Doležel)

Chapter 2. From Possible Worlds to Storyworlds: On the Worldness of Narrative Representation (Marie-Laure Ryan)

Chapter 3. Interface Ontologies: On the Possible, Virtual, and Hypothetical in Fiction (Marina Grishakova)


Part 2. Possible Worlds and Cognition

Chapter 4. Ungrounding Fictional Worlds: An Enactivist Perspective on the “Worldlikeness” of Fiction (Marco Caracciolo)

Chapter 5. Postmodern Play with Worlds: The Case of At Swim-Two-Birds (W. Michelle Wang)

Chapter 6. Logical Contradictions, Possible Worlds Theory, and the Embodied Mind (Jan Alber)


Part 3. Possible Worlds and Literary Genres

Chapter 7. Escape into Alternative Worlds and Time(s) in Jack London’s The Star Rover (Christoph Bartsch)

Chapter 8. “As Many Worlds as Original Artists”: Possible Worlds Theory and the Literature of Fantasy (Thomas L. Martin)

Chapter 9. The Best/Worst of All Possible Worlds? Utopia, Dystopia, and Possible Worlds Theory (Mattison Schuknecht)


Part 4. Possible Worlds and Digital Media

Chapter 10. Digital Fictionality: Possible Worlds Theory, Ontology, and Hyperlinks (Alice Bell)

Chapter 11. Possible Worlds, Virtual Worlds (Françoise Lavocat)

Chapter 12. Rereading Manovich’s Algorithm: Genre and Use in Possible Worlds Theory (Daniel Punday)

Postface (Thomas G. Pavel)

Contributors

Index


About the Editors:

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).


Target Audience:

This book 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.

 
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