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Eric Hayot

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199926695

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199926695.001.0001

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On the History of Reality

On the History of Reality

(p.182) Chapter 14 On the History of Reality
On Literary Worlds

Eric Hayot

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the problem involving the theorization of reality, and in particular reality's relation to history. It suggests that the theorization of reality as historical (or not) appears to be an effect of the historical period under discussion. When it comes to thinking inside the modern period, any number of scholarly works seem to believe that reality changes, and that such changes are routinely reflected (and anticipated) in fiction. Outside the modern, however, it is far more common to assume that the reality we know today was simply beyond the creative or social capacities, or interests, of societies that did not, or could not, represent it.

Keywords:   reality, history, theorization, modern period

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