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Why we are not all novelists

Shaun Gallagher

pp. 129-143

In this chapter I consider one of the necessary conditions for being a novelist, the ability to open up and sustain a fictional world. My approach will draw from psychopathology, phenomenology and neuroscience. Using the phenomenological concept of "multiple realities," I argue that the novelist is in some ways like and in some ways unlike someone who experiences delusions insofar as the novelist can enter into a sustained engagement with an alternative reality. I suggest, however, that, compared with the delusional subject, the novelist has better control of the mechanisms that allow for this sustained engagement.

Publication details

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-14090-2_8

Full citation:

Gallagher, S. (2015)., Why we are not all novelists, in P. F. Bundgaard & F. Stjernfelt (eds.), Investigations into the phenomenology and the ontology of the work of art, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 129-143.

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