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Heterocosmica: Fiction and Possible Worlds

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"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."—from the author's Preface

The standard contrast between fiction and reality, notes Lubomír Dolezel, obscures an arra
Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 31st 2000 by Johns Hopkins University Press (first published April 2nd 1998)
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Impeccable and impressive scholarship, for sure. But it also reads more often than not like a clever satire of the most tedious kind of academic writing.
Dolezel is a master of making things as complicated as possible. That said, once you get used to the heavy academic language, it's a pretty good read.
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Lubomír Doležel (b. 1922) is a literary theorist and one of the founders of the "fictional worlds" theory. He received his Ph.D. in Slavic Philology from the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences. He studied under several members of the Prague School, an influential centre of inter-war structuralist and semiotic thought.
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