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How Literature Enters Life: An Introduction

How Literature Enters Life: An Introduction Humanities and Social Sciences, Bremen In 1994, a collection of articles was published under the title Critical Reconstructions: The Relationship of Fiction and Life (edited by Robert M. Polhemus and Roger B. Henkle) dealing with the relationship between works of fiction and historical ‘‘reality,’’ general ‘‘truth,’’ or an author’s personal life. In many of the chapters, questions of representation and interpretation of the (historical) world constitute the point of departure: how, for example, the composition of a work may reflect social reality or the author’s struggle for life. ‘‘Life’’ in this book is the historical or personal world from which a work derives or to which it refers. If we assume that there exist manifold relationships between ‘‘literature’’ and ‘‘life,’’ ranging from cases of ‘‘life’’ entering ‘‘literature’’ at the one end to cases of ‘‘literature’’ entering ‘‘life’’ at the other, then the subtitle of that book might have been ‘‘How Life Enters Literature.’’ The ‘‘relationship of fiction and life’’ is approached there from a sociohistorical or biographical perspective, and reception data are mentioned only Two workshops preceded the publication of this issue. The first workshop took place at Cologne in 2002 and was supported by the German Science http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Poetics Today: International Journal for Theory and Analysis of Literature and Communication Duke University Press

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Duke University Press
Copyright
Copyright 2004 by Porter Institute for Poetics and Semiotics, Tel Aviv University
ISSN
0333-5372
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1527-5507
DOI
10.1215/03335372-25-2-161
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Abstract

Humanities and Social Sciences, Bremen In 1994, a collection of articles was published under the title Critical Reconstructions: The Relationship of Fiction and Life (edited by Robert M. Polhemus and Roger B. Henkle) dealing with the relationship between works of fiction and historical ‘‘reality,’’ general ‘‘truth,’’ or an author’s personal life. In many of the chapters, questions of representation and interpretation of the (historical) world constitute the point of departure: how, for example, the composition of a work may reflect social reality or the author’s struggle for life. ‘‘Life’’ in this book is the historical or personal world from which a work derives or to which it refers. If we assume that there exist manifold relationships between ‘‘literature’’ and ‘‘life,’’ ranging from cases of ‘‘life’’ entering ‘‘literature’’ at the one end to cases of ‘‘literature’’ entering ‘‘life’’ at the other, then the subtitle of that book might have been ‘‘How Life Enters Literature.’’ The ‘‘relationship of fiction and life’’ is approached there from a sociohistorical or biographical perspective, and reception data are mentioned only Two workshops preceded the publication of this issue. The first workshop took place at Cologne in 2002 and was supported by the German Science

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Poetics Today: International Journal for Theory and Analysis of Literature and CommunicationDuke University Press

Published: Jun 1, 2004

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