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On Literary Worlds$
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Eric Hayot

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199926695

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199926695.001.0001

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Aspects of Worldedness

Aspects of Worldedness

(p.54) Chapter 5 Aspects of Worldedness
On Literary Worlds

Eric Hayot

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses six variables or mechanisms of world-production in literature. These are amplitude, completeness, metadiegetic structure, connectedness, character-system, and dynamism. These six variables apply differently to different types of work. They resonate most clearly when it comes to narrative (in poetry, film, drama, or prose), where the necessary arrangement of relations in space and time strongly generates a sense of worldedness. The variables also interact with features of the artwork that do not speak directly to worldedness.

Keywords:   world-production, literature, amplitude, completeness, metadiegetic structure, connectedness, character-system, dynamism

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