On the History of Reality

Eric Hayot

in On Literary Worlds

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199926695
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980499 | DOI:
On the History of Reality

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This chapter considers the problem involving the theorization of reality, and in particular reality's relation to history. It suggests that the theorization of reality as historical (or not) appears to be an effect of the historical period under discussion. When it comes to thinking inside the modern period, any number of scholarly works seem to believe that reality changes, and that such changes are routinely reflected (and anticipated) in fiction. Outside the modern, however, it is far more common to assume that the reality we know today was simply beyond the creative or social capacities, or interests, of societies that did not, or could not, represent it.

Keywords: reality; history; theorization; modern period

Chapter.  2566 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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