Table of Contents



Part 1: Ontology and Categorization


What is Fiction?

  • “The Logical Status of Fictional Discourse,” John R. Searle
    “Fiction, Fiction-Making, and Styles of Fictionality,” Kendall L. Walton (1838)
    “The Concept of Fiction,” Gregory Currie

The Ontological Status of the Literary Work

  • “Interpretation and Identity: Can the Work Survive the World?” Nelson Goodman and Catherine Z.
    “Work and Text,” Gregory Currie

Part 2: The Epistemology of Reading


Truth in a Story

  • “Truth in Fiction,” David Lewis
    “The Structure of Stories,” Gregory Currie
    “Fictional Truth and Fictional Authors,” David Davies

Interpreting a Literary Work I: Constraints on Right Interpretation

  • “The Intentional Fallacy,” W.K. Wimsatt, Jr. and M.C. Beardsley
    “Validity in Interpretation,” E.D. Hirsch
    “Intention and Interpretation,” Jerrold Levinson
    “Intentionalism in Aesthetics,” Paisley Livingston
    “Semantic Intentions, Utterance Meaning, and Work Meaning,” David Davies
    “The Death of the Author: An Analytical Autopsy,” Peter Lamarque

Interpreting a Literary Work II: Interpretive Pluralism

  • “Incompatible Interpretations of Art,” Susan L. Feagin
    “True Interpretations,” Stephen Davies
    “Art Interpretation,” Robert Stecker
    “Literary Rationality,” Carl Matheson

Part 3: Literature, Imagination, and the Emotions


Feelings for Fictions

  • “Fearing Fictions,” Kendall Walton
    “Fiction and the Emotions,” Alex Neill

The “Paradoxes” of Tragedy and Horror

  • “The Pleasures of Tragedy,” Susan L. Feagin
    “The Paradox of Horror,” Berys Gaut

Part 4: The Values of Literature


Literature and Understanding

  • “On the Cognitive Triviality of Art,” Jerome Stolnitz
    “Fiction and the Growth of Knowledge,” David Novitz
    “Literature, Representation, and Knowledge,” James O. Young

The Moral Value of Literature

  • “‘Finely Aware and Richly Responsible’: Literature and the Moral Imagination,“ Martha C.
    “Moderate Moralism,” Noël Carroll

The Accountability of Literature

  • “Imaginary Gardens and Real Toads: On the Ethics of Basing Fiction on Real People,” Felicia
    “Free Speech,” Susan Dwyer

Posted on October 29, 2015