Where we are
Where we are
I began this book by saying that it would be an inquiry into the role of fiction in our lives and in particular into two things we care about a great deal and expend a lot of energy on: imagining and knowing. Fiction, I have argued, has a happier, deeper, and more stable relation to imagination than it does to knowledge. Understanding the concept of fiction (a very stable concept I have argued) depends on appreciating what it is to communicate something with the intention that it be imagined: armed with that and a general sense of the overarching purpose the maker of a text has and the ways that avowedly fictional material can be seen to serve some more important non-fictional purpose (and vice versa) we can often come to reasoned judgements that this work is fiction and that one non-fiction: judgments that don’t deviate much from the judgements of common readers, librarians, and booksellers. Later chapters in ...
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