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Imagining and KnowingThe Shape of Fiction$
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Gregory Currie

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780199656615

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199656615.001.0001

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An essential connection

An essential connection

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Imagining and Knowing
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Gregory Currie

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199656615.003.0002

I argue that, beginning with the idea of a fictive utterance, we can draw on plausible assumptions about people’s primary and secondary purposes in uttering to explain a good many of our intuitive judgements about what counts as a work of fiction. I consider and reject a rival approach due to Stacie Friend which asks us to think of fiction as a genre. I say, therefore, that there is a close and not merely contingent connection between fiction and imagination. There is some tendency among historians of literature to scepticism about conclusions of this kind when they are not carefully relativized to particular places and time; some of these scholars are also apt to say that the idea of fiction is of relatively recent invention. I believe they are wrong on both counts.

Keywords:   fiction, imagination, belief, genre, Stacie Friend

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