Literary Thickness

McGregor, Rafe (2015) Literary Thickness. The British Journal of Aesthetics, 55 (3). pp. 343-360. ISSN 0007-0904 DOI

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In this paper, I shall demonstrate the value of the concept of literary thickness – i.e. form-content inseparability – as a tool of literary appreciation. I set out the relationships between non-fiction, fiction, literature, and poetry in Section 1 and sketch a preliminary definition of literary thickness in Section 2. I argue that a convincing account of reference in literary fictions can be provided by means of literary thickness in Sections 3 and 4. I argue that the match between authorial intention and reader response characteristic of the experience of literary works is explained by literary thickness in Section 5. In Section 6, I test the usefulness of the concept of literary thickness against Peter Carey’s True History of the Kelly Gang. 10 Key words

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Law and Criminology
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2018 11:33

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