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The Theory of Novelistic Truth

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236818.003.0012

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

The Theory of Novelistic Truth

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Since the very beginning of the novel, novelists have been concerned that their stories should be read with the same seriousness as history because their novels were as instructive as history. The view that the novel is true, true in its particulars, is not exclusive to authors. Readers have always had a tendency to identify events, situations, characters, and relationships from novels with events, situations, characters, and relationships in reality which the author can be taken as describing. This chapter considers the view that the novel is true in its particulars, true of certain types of situation, person, etc. in the real world, and that this is what gives it a humanly interesting content.

Keywords: novel; novelistic truth; fiction

Chapter.  13097 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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