Literature and Fiction

Peter Lamarque and Stein Haugom Olsen

in Truth, Fiction, and Literature

Published in print October 1996 | ISBN: 9780198236818
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679377 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

Literature and Fiction

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This chapter focuses on the relationship between literature and fiction. It argues that some literary works undoubtedly have invented content and in that regard can be construed as being fictional. Some works do contain passages that can be firmly tied to the biography of the author, passages that describe historical events, persons, and real places. Works of literature do have themes, and a number also present theses. And works do present readers with modes of experience. The question for the literary theorist is whether any of these aspects of literature define the peculiar value which makes literature culturally and humanly significant, and thus provide what the reader demands from a work as literature.

Keywords: fiction; literature; literary works

Chapter.  8740 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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