From: "Gareth Jelley"
Subject: Re: (urth) Generic Considerations Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2003 14:14:55 +0100 From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes" > Can you show me a fictive universe which maps exactly against the real? > > If so, how can you know it does? But there are differing degrees of 'mapping', if you see what I mean. I highly 'realist' or 'naturalistic' narrative like an Old Norse saga is going to map its fictive world far more closely to what it knows as the 'real' world than other narratives that have no interest in being at realistic or naturalistic... Clearly, you can never have a completely 'real' representation of a world in a narrative (whether it be a fictional or non-fictional narrative for that matter) because it will always be a 'representation' of the thing, not the thing itself; but clearly some fictions are trying far harder to map onto the real world than others... Best Wishes, G. --