Many of his teachers and mentors were representatives of the so-called Prague School , an internationally recognized and influential centre of inter-war structuralist and semiotic thought. He was engaged primarily in the application of mathematics especially statistics , information theory and cybernetics to the study of language and literature. He founded and co-edited a series entitled Prague Studies in Mathematical Linguistics. He co-edited with Richard W. Bailey a collection of studies Statistics and Style American Elsevier,
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What does a many-worlds model entail for a semantics of fiction? First, it entails that although fiction is in some sense a derivation from the actual world, the notion of fiction cannot be exhausted or its complexity explained through its mimetic relations with the actual world.
Second, it follows that a semantics of fiction concentrates on the mechanism of world construction rather than on the conventions of world interpretation that originate from the world we actually inhabit. A many-worlds theory of fiction thus has more to do with logic than with pragmatics. These general remarks can help to locate the present book in relation to a vast literature dedicated to the problem of fiction and pursued from a wide variety of points of view.
Dolezel is one of the main figures in literary theory, to whom the initiation and formation of a literary semantics can be credited. In other words, he offers an integrative view of literary semantics which relates the logic of narrative construction to the world constituents acting jointly. A world-based literary semantics proceeds by first distinguishing a one-person world from multi-person worlds.
The elementary units and agents of a world are then enumerated a natural force, a person, mental life, state, and event. When we move from one-person worlds to multi-person worlds more semantic categories are needed such as interaction and social action. A literary semantics not only accounts for the overall narrative structure a project practised by narrative grarrunarians but also moves gradually to the realm of texture and style.
Selection and formation of narrative utterances can equally be analysed according to world-constructing rules and constraints. It should be noted that while pursuing the details of this semantics Dolezel does not limit himself to simple, even simplified, story structures, but rather, illustrates his case with intricate texts from Kafka to postmodemisrn. Here as in his earlier work, Dolezel has shown the promise that still lies If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution or have your own login and password to Project MUSE.
Add to basket Add to wishlist Description "The universe of possible worlds is constantly expanding and diversifying thanks to the incessant world-constructing activity of human minds and hands. Literary fiction is probably the most active experimental laboratory of the world-constructing enterprise. Commentators usually admit that fiction conveys some kind of truth-the truth of the story of Faust, for instance. They acknowledge that fiction usually bears some kind of relation to reality-for example, the London of Dickens. But both the status of the truth and the nature of the relationship have baffled, frustrated, or repelled a long line of thinkers.
Zulkikasa L. Dolezel, Heterocosmica. Fiction and Possible Worlds But it also reads more often than not like a clever satire of the most tedious kind of academic writing. The result is a highly distinguished contribution to the field of literary theory. But both the status of the truth and dokezel nature of the relationship have baffled, frustrated, or repelled a long line of thinkers.
Heterocosmica : Fiction and Possible Worlds
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