On the rhetorical function of fictional worlds

  • David Spencer

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Abstract

This dissertation presents a rhetorical model for fictive discourse grounded in possible worlds theory and modal logic. In a polemic sense this model offers challenge to a discursive hierarchy that deprivileges fiction as empty of truth-value,denying it dialectic or rhetorical force. To this end,the claim of this thesis is to two pragmatic functions for fiction. The first is a philosophical or dialectic function,by which fictional texts are taken as constituting assertions about what is possibly or necessarily the case. The second is a rhetorical function by which such assertions,evaluated by an agent,generate truths at the world of the text.
Date of Award1 Jan 2013
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Canberra

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On the rhetorical function of fictional worlds
Spencer, D. (Author). 1 Jan 2013

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis