Fiction and Narrative

2014.11.29 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Derek Matravers, Fiction and Narrative, Oxford University Press, 2014, 169pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199647019. Reviewed by
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2014.11.29 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Derek Matravers, Fiction and Narrative, Oxford University Press, 2014, 169pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199647019. Reviewed by Jukka Mikkonen, University of Tampere Derek Matravers engages in a "phenomenological project" and explores what goes on in the mind of the reader of a work of fiction. Matravers aims to show that the prevailing "consensus view" of fiction is misguided and there is no special link between fiction and imagination. He argues that the fundamental distinction to be made in the philosophy of fiction is not that between fiction and non-fiction, in which the former are (intended to be) imagined and the latter (intended to be) believed, but between "representations" and "confrontations," where the distinctive criterion is action. The ten chapters discuss fiction, imagination, belief, and narrative. Matravers begins his inquiry by examining Kendall Walton's influential theory of fiction as. . .

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