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On Literary Worlds$
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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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First Propositions

First Propositions

(p.48) Chapter 4 First Propositions
On Literary Worlds

Eric Hayot

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the following propositions: first, that worldedness, the world-oriented force of any given work of art, is an aesthetic effect that emerges only at certain scales of the work itself (and hence of the analysis of works). And second, that we can move toward a more systematic (if nonetheless still impressionistic and incomplete) sense of what worldedness means if we remark some particular modes or variables of its production. It then discusses how worldedness occurs largely at the scale of the work or the collection of works that itself establishes a higher-order “totality of meaning”; and why the concept of aesthetic worldedness is worth pursuing.

Keywords:   worldedness, art, aesthetic effect, work, aesthetic world

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