Interpreting Fictionality and Ontological Blurrings in and Between Lance Olsen’s Theories of Forgetting and there’s no place like time

GIBBONS, Alison (2021). Interpreting Fictionality and Ontological Blurrings in and Between Lance Olsen’s Theories of Forgetting and there’s no place like time. Style (DeKalb), 55 (3), 406-429.

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    Abstract

    In this article, I explore the experiential texture of literary f ictionality and ontological blurrings, using Lance Olsen's multimodal works Theories of Forgetting and there's no place like time as case study texts. In doing so, I argue that while tropes such as recursive narrative structure and the intrusion of the author into fiction are typically postmodernist, Olsen repurposes them as part of a contemporary pursuit of the real. Contra to postmodernist sensibilities, the ontological distortions and metaleptic transgressions of Olsen's texts are primarily deployed as a means of reinvigorating our human sense of lived experience and the place of narratives within it. My analysis adopts a cognitive approach to fictionality, that is new in its combined use of Text World Theory and the metalanguage of the narrative interrelation framework. Such an approach is ideal for tracking ontological slippages and readers' resultant experiences, particularly in relation to the kind of blurred fictionality found in autofiction.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This article was checked for publication on a weekly basis. It was first discovered to have been published on the 13th September 2021. This has been used as the online publication date as no other information is listed.
    Uncontrolled Keywords: 2005 Literary Studies; Languages & Linguistics
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.5325/style.55.3.0406
    Page Range: 406-429
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 05 May 2021 16:20
    Last Modified: 19 Oct 2021 13:15
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/28608

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