Fiction

Authored by: Noël Carroll

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Literature

Print publication date:  December  2015
Online publication date:  December  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415889728
eBook ISBN: 9781315708935
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315708935-31

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Abstract

Although not all fictions are literature, so much literature is fictional that fiction is a central concept in our literary practices and, therefore, an unavoidable topic for any philosophy of literature. Within our contemporary literary institution, the division between fiction and nonfiction is one of the broadest distinctions we draw and, though we may seem to be able almost effortlessly to sort the fictions from the nonfictions, rigorously spelling out the way to tell them apart ontologically has proven philosophically daunting.

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