Fictional and Historical Worlds

Hardcover | January 15, 2012

byJonathan Hart

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Each with their own logic, fictional and historical worlds provide different ways to view reality. This book is about those worlds, past and present, and it concentrates on literature and history as two of the keys to culture. Underneath a dazzling variety of topics is a concern for how the world and fictions of the world are framed, how authors and readers interact in representation and interpretation, how translation is a key to knowledge and empire, and communication across ages.

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Each with their own logic, fictional and historical worlds provide different ways to view reality. This book is about those worlds, past and present, and it concentrates on literature and history as two of the keys to culture. Underneath a dazzling variety of topics is a concern for how the world and fictions of the world are framed, h...

Jonathan Hart is a professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Alberta. He has published nine books with Palgrave Macmillan, most recently, Literature, Theory, History (2011); Shakespeare and His Contemporaries (2011); and Shakespeare: Poetry, History and Culture (2009). He is also a poet and his most recent w...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:278 pages, 9.67 × 5.67 × 0.83 inPublished:January 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230340695

ISBN - 13:9780230340695

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Table of Contents

Possible and Fictional Worlds * The Author Makes a Come Back *Recognizing Otherness and Comparison * Translating the New World * Alternative Critique * Continental European Empires * Education and Imagination * Comedy * History *Poetry and Culture * Shakespeare Past and Present

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'Readers who know Hart as a superb analyst of the impact of Europe's expansion out into the world from the Renaissance onward will delight in this yet broader, fresh inquiry into the engagement between the realities of 'history' and the copings and imaginings of 'literature.' Hart's enormous erudition underpins his impressive ability to demonstrate how successive generations of authors and readers in a variety of cultures in our so-called 'Common Era' have tried out an array of genres and approaches for dealing both with the world they find themselves in and the past they have come from. Hart trains a powerful, lucid intelligence on culture as a myriad of transactions.' - Gerald Gillespie, Stanford University'Hart offers an incisive and sophisticated study of fictional and historical worlds in the framework of current debates on postcolonialism and globalization. Ranging from key works in ancient Greece to contemporary Caribbean poetry, and featuring chapters on Shakespeare and Bunyan, Hart's book is informed by acute awareness of important ethical issues.' - Galin Tihanov, George Steiner Professor of Comparative Literature, Queen Mary, University of London"Hart reveals how criticism unfolds the ways in which myth and reality are intertwined to tell a good story . . . . Recommended."—CHOICE