Possible Worlds Theory and Counterfactual Historical Fiction

Authors: Raghunath, Riyukta

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  • Revises the Possible Worlds model to account for reader experience
  • Theorises what readers do when they read a particular type of fiction
  • Examines three case study examples of counterfactual historical fiction
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This book offers a comprehensive Possible Worlds framework with which to analyse counterfactual historical fiction. Counterfactual historical fiction is a literary genre that comprises narratives set in worlds whose histories run contrary to the history of our world, usually speculating on what would have happened had a significant historical event (such as a war) turned out differently. The author develops a systematic critical approach based on a customised model of Possible Worlds Theory supplemented by cognitive concepts that account for the different processes that readers go through when they read counterfactual historical fiction, a genre which relies heavily on pre-existing knowledge about history and culture. This book will be of interest to anyone working with Possible Worlds, including within the fields of philosophy, literary studies, stylistics, cognitive poetics, and narratology. 


About the authors

Riyukta Raghunath is a Lecturer in the English department at New College of the Humanities, UK. 

Reviews

“Riyukta Raghunath’s monograph offers a stimulating reappraisal of alternate history fiction. This cognitively informed approach, supported by thorough readings of counterfactual World War II novels, demonstrates the vitality of possible worlds-based theories of narrative.”

- Marco Caracciolo, Ghent University, Belgium

 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction: The Genre of Counterfactual Historical Fiction

    Pages 1-26

    Raghunath, Riyukta

  • Possible Worlds Theory: History, Approaches, and Its Relevance to Counterfactual Historical Fiction

    Pages 27-46

    Raghunath, Riyukta

  • New Additions to Possible Worlds Theory: Reader Knowledge Worlds, Ontological Superimposition, and Reciprocal Feedback

    Pages 47-89

    Raghunath, Riyukta

  • Redefining Counterpart Theory and Transworld Identity

    Pages 91-120

    Raghunath, Riyukta

  • The Complex and Mixed Ontology of Fatherland

    Pages 121-147

    Raghunath, Riyukta

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Possible Worlds Theory and Counterfactual Historical Fiction
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-53452-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-53452-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-53451-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 224
Number of Illustrations
20 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
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