Brigg draws the parameters of span fiction
early in the book, asserting that "Science and its muscular sibling, technology, have transformed the world and the way human beings see it and behave in it:" As a consequence, both mainstream fiction
and science fiction
have seen their boundaries weakened; a number of mainstream fiction
writers, Brigg says, "have now turned to explore strange horizons and find opportunities to express parts of their vision that realms new to them (but the stock-in-trade of the science fiction
writer) will permit" (5).
He discusses the requisite authorial matters, including Johnson's upbringing and his parents, as well as his early work outside of writing fiction
Chabon's talk could have served as a touchstone for a spirited discussion of Jewish identity, fictional representations of the Holocaust, the relationship between memory and invention, even the state of contemporary fiction
Unfortunately, the preferred expedients of the teacher of novels, shorter fictions
by canonical authors, are not readily available during the period.
Nor can it mean limiting the value of the fictions
it studies, since a fiction
's limited value marks it as past, no longer of the moment.
D thesis, Fiction
and the ReadingPublic, supervised by I.
For in Not Quite Fiction
Martin makes an all-important connection between the literary and political and shows that those writers who are interested primarily in language can be the most committed of all: "And perhaps most important, if a work of fiction
helps readers to think about what self-acceptance is, to see that the self they need to accept is a fiction
, an invention, isn't it helping them see themselves as creators, giving them the responsibility to tell stories--interesting stories--as a means of inventing themselves?
While Fausett makes an important contribution here in introducing and summarizing a series of little-known prose fictions
, his attempt to place these works under the category of the "austral" (a theme that remains disappointingly elusive) is more problematic.
I organized my fictions
around symbolic centers instead of plotting them out on graph paper; I assigned the exfoliation of these centersA to a voice and limited my use of narration, while treating the style and characteristic structure of the sentences that filled the novel, row on row, as microcosmic models for the organization of the whole.
Now we can see how Lewis can reconcile the two well-entrenched intuitions: although authors are causally responsible for the concrete tokens which constitute their fictions
, they are not causally responsible for the truth of the propositions which those tokens express.
That which distinguishes fiction
is the attitude that the author intends the audience to take on--with non-fictions
, the author intends us to take on an attitude of belief with respect to the propositions in his text; with fiction
, the author intends us to take on an attitude of make believe.
Fashion photography has been on the museum circuit for years, but the phenomenon moved center stage last month when the Museum of Modern Art premiered "Fashioning Fiction
," its first take on the subject.
Coleman's Black Male Fiction
and the Legacy of Caliban appears at a cardinal moment in what some have called the "third renaissance" of African-American literary art.
Schnitt's films inhabit the space between documentary and fiction
His first claim to fame, of course, is being one of the most exciting and original science fiction
writers of the second half of the twentieth century (and the first African American to explore this literary space), to which he has added deserved reputations as one of the most astute critics of SF and as a writer of a demanding form of fantasy that combines the subgenre of sword-and-sorcery with poststructuralist theory - what we might call a hybrid species of critical fiction