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Noble Lies, Slant Truths, Necessary Angels : Aspects of Fictionality in the Novels of Christoph Martin Wieland

By: Shookman, Ellis

Part of the University of North Carolina Studies in Germanic Languages and Literature series
1469656493 / 9781469656496
Paperback / softback
833.6
30/05/2020
Published 30/05/2020
United States
152 x 229 mm 256 pages
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Using the nine novels of Christoph Martin Wieland (1733-1813) as case studies, Shookman explores the notion of fictionality both as a distinctive feature of the stories themselves and as a distinguishing characteristic of the fanciful notions, moral laws, political utopias, religious beliefs, and artistic concepts that they describe.

The novels show readers why they should take fictions seriously, yet not literally--or how to suspend disbelief without suspending judgment. Shookman uses the concepts of imagination, ideals, and illusion to investigate how Wieland's novels define fiction, know its referents, and accept its truths.

He places Wieland's use of fictionality in the evolution of the German novel, while also using his work to comment on academic and real world implications of fictionality.

BIC:

2ACG German, DSBD Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800, DSBF Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900 , DSK Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers

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