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Readers and Spectators

Frank Palmer

in Literature and Moral Understanding

Published in print September 1992 | ISBN: 9780198242321
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680441 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198242321.003.0005
Readers and Spectators

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Fictional worlds are imaginatively engaged with and thus experienced just like the world of human beings. By calling them worlds, it is implied that they have or need to have, sufficient unity and coherence to be intelligible, which is not in some abstract or theoretical way like mathematics, but more of intelligible to people's emotions. Fiction may be a man-made contrivance but this does not mean that life in art is a different kind of life. Understanding the story involves understanding the characters as people and so with this, understanding the story involves understanding the characters as people. In other words, the credibility that readers or spectators seek in a story is inseparable from the credible realisation of the character.

Keywords: fictional worlds; fiction; art; characters; realisation; readers; spectators; understanding; emotion; moral response

Chapter.  10248 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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