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180007 SE Fiction: From Semantics to Narrative (2020S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 30 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 21.04. 16:45 - 19:30 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 23.04. 16:45 - 19:30 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 28.04. 16:45 - 19:30 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 30.04. 16:45 - 19:30 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 19.05. 16:45 - 20:00 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 26.05. 16:45 - 20:00 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 28.05. 16:45 - 20:00 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course discusses some aspects of the semantics of fictional discourse, with frequent forays into related issues in the philosophy of literature and narrative. The main guiding text is my forthcoming book Fictional Discourse, with optional additional readings providing alternative hypotheses on themes such as (among other things) the interpretation of fictional names, the roles of narrators in homodiegetic and heterodiegetic narrative, the importation of actual truth in our interpretation of fiction, the ideas of inconsistent and nested narratives, and the metaphysics of so-called literary characters.

Method: I will introduce the relevant topic focusing on the organization in my book Fictional Discourse. I will then ask you to prepare two short summaries (approximately two-three pages), each summarizing at least one additional reading from our bibliography (details announced during the first lecture). You should also be able to present your summaries during the relevant lectures. All texts in the bibliography will be made available through Moodle.

Assessment and permitted materials

Summaries, 20% each, and one final essay (3000 words maximum).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Minimum requirements: regular attendance and completion of all assessments (two summaries and one essay).

Examination topics

The main text for this module is my recent book on fiction (pdf available on Moodle):

Predelli, S. 2020. Fictional Discourse. OUP.

Reading list

There will also be optional readings, some of which will be relevant for your presentations:

Adams, F. G. Fuller, and R. Stecker 1997. The Semantics of Fictional Names. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 78: 128-148.
Bertolet, R. 1984. On a Fictional Ellipsis. Erkenntnis 21: 189-194.
Bourne and Caddick Bourne 2018. Personification Without Impossible Content. British Journal of Aesthetics 58.
Braun, D. 1993. Empty Names. Nous 27: 449-469.
Byrne, A. 1993. Truth in Fiction: The Story Continued. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 71: 24-35.
Byrne, A. 1993. Truth in Fiction: The Story Continued. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 71: 24-35.
Currie, G. 2010. Narratives and Narrators, Chapter 8
Everett, A. 2003. Empty Names and ‘Gappy’ Propositions. Philosophical Studies 116: 1-36.
Everett, A. 2005. Against Fictional Realism. Journal of Philosophy 102: 624-649.
Everett, A. The Nonexistent. Chapter 3.
Friend, S. 2017. The Real Foundation of Fictional Worlds. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 95: 29-42.
Howell, R. 2010. Fictional Realism and Its Discontents. In F. Lihoreau (ed.), Truth in Fiction. De Gruyter: 153-202.

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