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Fictional Truth

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"All literary genres are artifacts," writes Michael Riffaterre, "but none more blatantly so than fiction. Its very name declares its artificiality, and yet it must somehow be true to hold the interest of its readers, to tell them about experiences at once imaginary and relevant to their own lives. This paradox of truth in fiction is the problem for which I propose to seek ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 1st 1990 by Johns Hopkins University Press
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Riffaterre reminds us that we don't need to agree with the Structuralist poetics to appreciate his deep Structuralist insights into the art of the realist fiction!
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Riffaterre theorizes that even realist fiction predicates 'truth' on tropes and phraseology, rather than verisimilitude
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