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Fiction and Narrative

Derek Matravers


This book argues that there is no special link between fiction and imagination and that the current consensus in the philosophy of fiction—based in particular on work by Kendall Walton and Gregory Currie—is wrong. It presents an alternative account, arguing that the distinction between engaging with something via a representation (‘a representation-relation’) and engaging with something face-to-face (‘a confrontation-relation’) is fundamental and the distinction between fictions and non-fictions is relatively insignificant. It provides an alternative account of our engaging with representation ... More

Keywords: Gregory Currie, Kendall Walton, fiction, representation, mental models, paradox of fiction, imaginative resistance, elusive narrators, impossible fictions, film

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199647019
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199647019.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Derek Matravers, author
The Open University