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The Aesthetic Illusion in Literature and the Arts

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2018.09.18 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Tomáš Koblížek (ed.), The Aesthetic Illusion in Literature and the Arts, Bloomsbury, 2017, 305pp., $114.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781350032583. Reviewed by Jason Leddington, Bucknell University This methodologically-diverse collection explores our relationship to the contents of representational artifacts such as novels, films, paintings, and sculptures. It focuses on a familiar and important but (at least by philosophers) little-studied phenomenon: namely, that such works can provide highly-absorbed, "immersive" experiences of the worlds that they represent. The collection takes its orientation toward this phenomenon from literary theorist Werner Wolf, whose regimentation of the term 'aesthetic illusion' has been influential in literary and media studies. While only a few of the essays directly engage Wolf's work, they all share a concern with how we relate to represented worlds, and, in particular, with ideas such. . .

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