Aspects of Worldedness

Eric Hayot

in On Literary Worlds

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199926695
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980499 | DOI:
Aspects of Worldedness

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This chapter discusses six variables or mechanisms of world-production in literature. These are amplitude, completeness, metadiegetic structure, connectedness, character-system, and dynamism. These six variables apply differently to different types of work. They resonate most clearly when it comes to narrative (in poetry, film, drama, or prose), where the necessary arrangement of relations in space and time strongly generates a sense of worldedness. The variables also interact with features of the artwork that do not speak directly to worldedness.

Keywords: world-production; literature; amplitude; completeness; metadiegetic structure; connectedness; character-system; dynamism

Chapter.  12224 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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