Moving worlds: fictionality and illusion after Coleridge

Garratt, Peter (2012) Moving worlds: fictionality and illusion after Coleridge. Literature Compass, 9 (11). pp. 752-763. ISSN 1741-4113

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-4113.2012.00908.x

Abstract

This article examines Victorian philosophical responses to fictional worlds. It revisits Coleridge's coinage of the 'willing suspension of disbelief', a phrase still taken to be an explanation of the mind's inner experience of fictionality, before focusing on volition and illusion in John Stuart Mill, G. H. Lewes and James Sully. It ends by positioning these aspects of nineteenth-century intellectual culture in relation to a recent revival of interest in reading practices and cognitive literary criticism.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q300 English studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Peter Garratt
Date Deposited: 11 May 2012 13:39
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:06
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/6936

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