The Fictional Man

“What’s it like, not being real?” In LA, where today’s star is tomorrow’s busboy, discarded “Fictionals”—characters spun into flesh-and-blood by technology—are everywhere.


Author: Al Ewing

Publisher: Solaris

ISBN: 9781786183071

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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“What’s it like, not being real?” In LA, where today’s star is tomorrow’s busboy, discarded “Fictionals”—characters spun into flesh-and-blood by technology—are everywhere. Screenwriter Niles Golan’s therapist is a Fictional. So is his best friend. So (maybe) is the woman in the bar he can’t stop staring at. It’s getting so you can’t tell who’s real and who’s not. Niles isn’t completely sure how real he is… “A fascinating tour-de-force” ***** SFX Magazine “Worthy of comparison with Philip K. Dick” ***** Starburst Magazine “A breathtakingly clever writer” ***** Amazing Stories “A book you want to endlessly quote” ***** Den of Geek

The Fictional Republic

On this image of the corporation, see Michaels, “Corporate Fiction;" in the second passage quoted on p.199, ... Horace Mann, A Few Thoughts for a Young Man, p. 78. 48. ... Scharnhorst claims Alger used Stewart as a fictional character.


Author: Carol Nackenoff

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195344847

Category: History

Page: 13

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Investigating the persistence and place of the formulas of Horatio Alger in American politics, The Fictional Republic reassesses the Alger story in its Gilded Age context. Carol Nackenoff argues that Alger was a keen observer of the dislocations and economic pitfalls of the rapidly industrializing nation, and devised a set of symbols that addressed anxieties about power and identity. As classes were increasingly divided by wealth, life chances, residence space, and culture, Alger maintained that Americans could still belong to one estate. The story of the youth who faces threats to his virtue, power, independence, and identity stands as an allegory of the American Republic. Nackenoff examines how the Alger formula continued to shape political discourse in Reagan's America and beyond.

The Fictional World of Ruskin Bond

fire up his imagination in order to create a convincing character . The skilful amalgam of fact and fiction creates tantalizing characters : The writer does not copy his originals , he takes what he wants from them , a few traits that ...


Author: Amita Aggarwal

Publisher: Sarup & Sons

ISBN: 817625567X


Page: 190

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Ruskin Bond, b. 1934, Indo-English litterateur.

Eliot James and the Fictional Self

This connection could be charted in many ways, but the present study centres upon fictional character: upon what Eliot and James believed about the individual self and its depiction in narrative prose.


Author: Richard Freadman

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781349184446

Category: Fiction

Page: 285

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Six Walks in the Fictional Woods

In fiction, precise references to the actual world are so closely linked that, after spending some time in the world of the ... Takingfictional characters seriously can also produce an unusual type of intertextuality: a character from ...


Author: Umberto Eco

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674503953

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 160

View: 650

In this exhilarating book, we accompany Umberto Eco as he explores the intricacies of fictional form and method. Using examples ranging from fairy tales and Flaubert, Poe and Mickey Spillane, Eco draws us in by means of a novelist's techniques, making us his collaborators in the creation of his text and in the investigation of some of fiction's most basic mechanisms.

The Fictional Encyclopaedia Routledge Revivals

Feste says to Orsino: “I would have men of such constancy put to sea, that their business might be everything, and their intent everywhere; for that's it that always makes a good ... “This is not a work of fiction/ nor yet of one man.


Author: Hilary Clark

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136643538

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 200

View: 359

First published in 1990, this work offers an analysis of the phenomenon of encyclopaedism in literature. Hilary Clark develops the theory of an encyclopaedic form in the interests of making clear distinctions between the realist narrative form and that of the encyclopaedic-parodic or fictional encyclopaedia. She makes clear the special links that non-realist, parodic fictions have with the forms of essay, Menippean satire and epic, and indeed with the encyclopaedia itself. The study pays particular attention to the way in which literary encyclopaedism has flourished in the twentieth century, with special reference to the works of James Joyce, Ezra Pound and Philippe Sollers.

The Fictional World of Manohar Malgonkar

1 MAN - WOMAN RELATIONSHIPS Man - woman relationship is as old as human existence . It was , in olden times , a biological necessity . The modern sophistication of it is an addition of civilization . In literature which is a reflection ...


Author: A. Padmanabhan

Publisher: Atlantic Publishers & Dist

ISBN: 8126900954


Page: 150

View: 496

Manohar Malgonkar (1913 ) Is A Writer Who Has Not Yet Recieved Full Critical Attention As A Significant Indo-English Novelist. His Major Novels And Short Stories Taken Together Reveal Him As A Writer Keenly Interested In Indian Social Life.An Attempt Has Been Made In This Book To Probe Into The Treatment Of Human Relationships In Malgonkar S Fiction, And To Trace Out The Psychological And Sociological Factors That Form The Basis Of These Relationships. The Historical And Sociological Orientation Of Indo-English Fiction Makes Such A Study Relevant. It Takes A Glance At The World Of His Shorter Fiction Also.The Study, It Is Hoped, Will Be Of Interest To The Students Of Indo-English Fiction, To The Researchers, And To The Common Reader. Equally, It May Be Of Interest To The Students Of History And Sociology, And Even Of Psychology Because They Will Find Some Of The Movements And Theories, Which Are Exemplified In Terms Of The Novel, Discussed In The Study.

The Fictional Technique of Scott Fitzgerald

Mencken's discussion of “the fundamental defects of American fiction” incidentally revealed what he thought to be the mark of great writing. American fiction, Mencken said, “habitually exhibits, not a man of delicate organization in ...


Author: James E. Miller Jr.

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9789401766210

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 116

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Fictional Names

A Critical Study of Some Theories Not Committed to the Existence of Fictional Entities Angelo Napolano ... a narrow-minded and unforgiving person writes and is the narrator of a story2; (b) this fictional character, the implied author, ...


Author: Angelo Napolano

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443869058

Category: Philosophy

Page: 130

View: 730

If it is true that when we use a name, it must be the name of something, what is it that we name when we use terms such as Sherlock Holmes, Odysseus, and many of the same type? What is it we are addressing and how do the referential relations work assuming that we are thinking or talking about something when we use these terms? Otherwise, if we are speaking about nothing when we use a fictional name, how do we understand the linguistic process which gives us the impression of speaking about something? This book develops a critical study of some theories which deny any ontological existence to fictional characters. It provides an analysis of the contribution of these terms to the meaning of the sentences in which they are used and the structure of thoughts adopted in assertions about fictional characters.

Fictional Discourse

fictionally does), and they do not hallucinate ghostly presences (as, for some, James' governess fictionally does). ... 'literary predicates'—being a character in a novel, being introduced in chapter six, being a comic villainess, .


Author: Stefano Predelli

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192595966

Category: Philosophy

Page: 208

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Fictional Discourse: A Radical Fictionalist Semantics combines the insight of linguistic and philosophical semantics with the study of fictional language. Its central idea is familiar to anyone exposed to the ways of narrative fiction, namely the notion of a fictional teller. Starting with premises having to do with fictional names such as 'Holmes' or 'Emma', Stefano Predelli develops Radical Fictionalism, a theory that is subsequently applied to central themes in the analysis of fiction. Among other things, he discusses the distinction between storyworlds and narrative peripheries, the relationships between homodiegetic and heterodiegetic narrative, narrative time, unreliability, and closure. The final chapters extend Radical Fictionalism to critical discourse, as Predelli introduces the ideas of critical and biased retelling, and pauses on the relationships between Radical Fictionalism and talk about literary characters.

Fictional Realities Real Fictions Contemporary Theatre in Search of a New Mimetic Paradigm

Was a fictional male figure making an attempt to rape another fictional male figure? Or was Corinna Harfouch trying to seduce a fictional male character or her colleague Kurt Naumann? Or was the actress playing a completely different ...


Author: Mateusz Borowski

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443807180

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 250

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The collection of essays Fictional Realities / Real Fictions. Contemporary Theatre in Search of a New Mimetic Paradigm tackles the problem of fictionality and reality in contemporary theatre practice and playwriting. It approaches this hotly debated issue in a larger context of the theories of theatrical and dramatic mimesis. The volume provides an answer to the most recent developments in performative arts, such as the widespread use of new media technologies, the popularity of site specific productions, and the flourishing of various post-dramatic forms of expression. The phenomena scrutinized in this collection call into question the basic dichotomy between the fictional and the real on which the theory and practice of the Western theatre has been based right from its inception. However, due to their extremely heterogeneous character, they pose a considerable problem for researchers and teachers, who still do not find a widely applicable methodology for the analysis of contemporary performances and texts for the theatre. Fictional Realities / Real Fictions sets the discussion of the onset of new mimetic paradigm in three interrelated contexts: the new perceptual patterns forged by contemporary theatre, the use of media on stage, and the strategies of today’s political theatre. The case studies presented here, in spite of their thematic diversity, are subordinated to a single theoretical framework. Thus they turn out extremely useful both for the scholars investigating the problems of contemporary theatre, and students of theatre and drama. Fictional Realities / Real Fictions offers them a rigid methodological scaffolding, supported by a number of illustrative examples from a variety of cultural context and theatre traditions, which gives them an opportunity to extrapolate from the main argument of the volume to their own research.

Fictional Immorality and Immoral Fiction

because none of them captures fully what it is to engage with the fiction as a work of fiction, as opposed to some technical exercise in digital animation or the use of narration in the first-person plural, and so on.


Author: Garry Young


ISBN: 9781793639202


Page: 292

View: 155

This book examines what, if anything, makes a depiction of fictional immorality--such as the murder, torture, or sexual assault of a fictional character--an example of immoral fiction, and therefore something that should be morally criticized and possibly prohibited.

Fictional Points of View

Fictional Points of View name of that character ? There are two distinct issues here . The first concerns what it is to know or identify a character , and the second , what it is to understand sentences about characters .


Author: Peter Lamarque

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801432162

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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In Fictional Points of View, Lamarque offers new examinations of fundamental concepts in the philosophy of literature and criticism. He questions the nature of a fictional character and the relation of fiction to reality. He ask whether truth exists in literature and whether "works" or "texts" have logical priority. The volume focuses on a wide range of thinkers, including Iris Murdoch on truth and art, Stanley Cavell on tragedy, Roland Barthes and Michel Foucault on "the death of the author," and Kendall Walton on fearing fictions. Also included is a consideration of the fifteenth-century Japanese playwright and drama teacher Zeami Motokiyo, the founding father of Noh theather. Lamarque demonstrates a careful analytical methodology and clear language, reflecting his conviction that obfuscation is inimical to humanistic study.

Screening Characters

For example, an interactor can be in the midst of writing a personal tweet to a friend and at the same time receive a message from a fictional character, becoming a part of the person's Twitter feed and perhaps inciting the person to ...


Author: Johannes Riis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429749162

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 332

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Characters are central to our experiences of screened fictions and invite a host of questions. The contributors to Screening Characters draw on archival material, interviews, philosophical inquiry, and conceptual analysis in order to give new, thought-provoking answers to these queries. Providing multifaceted accounts of the nature of screen characters, contributions are organized around a series of important subjects, including issues of class, race, ethics, and generic types as they are encountered in moving image media. These topics, in turn, are personified by such memorable figures as Cary Grant, Jon Hamm, Audrey Hepburn, and Seul-gi Kim, in addition to avatars, online personalities, animated characters, and the ensembles of shows such as The Sopranos, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad.

Story telling in the Framework of Non fictional Arabic Literature

The obviously fictional character of narratives may at instances disturb the prevailing assumption of factuality and ... witnessed by al - Nu mān ibn Bishr.7 Doubts concerning the factual reliability of a satire on “ Ali ibn Șāliḥ are ...


Author: Stefan Leder

Publisher: Otto Harrassowitz Verlag

ISBN: 3447040343

Category: Arab countries

Page: 528

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The Walker

129 , 132 263 , 264 Grimshaw , 249 Hyde , Edward ( fictional character ) , Guattari , Félix , 253 64 , 75 , 80 , 82 ... 167 , 184 Guys , Constantin , 40-1 , 43 , 173 , Indianapolis , 86 176 Invisible Man , the ( fictional character ) ...


Author: Matthew Beaumont

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781788738910

Category: City and town life in literature

Page: 336

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Introduction: Lost and unlost steps -- Convalescing -- Going astray -- Disappearing -- Fleeing -- Wandering -- Collapsing -- Striding, staring -- Beginning -- Stumbling -- Not belonging -- Afterword: Walking in London and Paris at night.

Focus On 100 Most Popular Fictional African American People

1 Publication history 2 Fictional character biography 3 Powers, abilities, and equipment 4 Other characters named Falcon 5 Other versions 6 In other media 7 Reception 8 See also 9 References 10 External links ...


Author: Wikipedia contributors

Publisher: e-artnow sro




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The Fictional Christopher Nolan

105 film, Angier considers the audience's lukewarm reception to Borden's “Transported Man” illusion and exclaims, “He's a dreadful magician.” His mentor, Cutter (Michael Caine), corrects him, “No, he's a wonderful magician.


Author: Todd McGowan

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292737822

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 220

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From Memento and Insomnia to the Batman films, The Prestige, and Inception, lies play a central role in every Christopher Nolan film. Characters in the films constantly find themselves deceived by others and are often caught up in a vast web of deceit that transcends any individual lies. The formal structure of a typical Nolan film deceives spectators about the events that occur and the motivations of the characters. While Nolan's films do not abandon the idea of truth altogether, they show us how truth must emerge out of the lie if it is not to lead us entirely astray. The Fictional Christopher Nolan discovers in Nolan's films an exploration of the role that fiction plays in leading to truth. Through close readings of all the films through Inception, Todd McGowan demonstrates that the fiction or the lie comes before the truth, and this priority forces us to reassess our ways of thinking about the nature of truth. Indeed, McGowan argues that Nolan's films reveal the ethical and political importance of creating fictions and even of lying. While other filmmakers have tried to discover truth through the cinema, Nolan is the first filmmaker to devote himself entirely to the fictionality of the medium, and McGowan discloses how Nolan uses its tendency to deceive as the basis for a new kind of philosophical filmmaking. He shows how Nolan's insistence on the priority of the fiction aligns his films with Hegel's philosophy and understands Nolan as a thoroughly Hegelian filmmaker.

The Distinction of Fiction

The narrator's “ je ” is taken to refer , not to a concrete person , whose life and opinions are shaped by his individual personality and specific circumstances , but to an abstract self , not unlike the one heard in Kant's Critiques or ...


Author: Dorrit Cohn

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801865220

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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Winner of the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies from the Modern Language Association Winner of the Modern Language Association's Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies The border between fact and fiction has been trespassed so often it seems to be a highway. Works of history that include fictional techniques are usually held in contempt, but works of fiction that include history are among the greatest of classics. Fiction claims to be able to convey its own unique kinds of truth. But unless a reader knows in advance whether a narrative is fictional or not, judgment can be frustrated and confused. In The Distinction of Fiction, Dorrit Cohn argues that fiction does present specific clues to its fictionality, and its own justifications. Indeed, except in cases of deliberate deception, fiction achieves its purposes best by exercising generic conventions that inform the reader that it is fiction. Cohn tests her conclusions against major narrative works, including Proust's A la Recherche du temps perdu, Mann's Death in Venice, Tolstoy's War and Peace, and Freud's case studies. She contests widespread poststructuralist views that all narratives are fictional. On the contrary, she separates fiction and nonfiction as necessarily distinct, even when bound together. An expansion of Cohn's Christian Gauss lectures at Princeton and the product of many years of labor and thought, The Distinction of Fiction builds on narratological and phenomenological theories to show that boundaries between fiction and history can be firmly and systematically explored.

Myth and Gospel in the Fiction of John Updike

attempted to popularize Barth's theological understanding of the relationship between men and women in an essay only to have the essay rejected by The New Yorker. Of the Farm was subsequently written, he tells us, ...


Author: John McTavish

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781498225076

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 202

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Big on style, slight on substance: that has been a common charge over the years by critics of John Updike. In fact, however, John Updike is one of the most serious writers of modern times. Myth, as this book shows, unlocks his fictional universe and repeatedly breaks open the powerful themes in his literary parables of the gospel. Myth and Gospel in the Fiction of John Updike also includes a personal tribute to John Updike by his son David, two essays by pioneer Updike scholars Alice and Kenneth Hamilton, and an anecdotal chapter in which readers share Updike discoveries and recommendations. All in all, weight is added to the complaint that the master of myth and gospel was shortchanged by the Nobel committee.