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The problem of inferred modality in narrative

Ruthrof, H. (1984) The problem of inferred modality in narrative. Journal of Literary Semantics, 13 (2). pp. 97-108.

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In a lecture On the 'Nature of Visions ', given in 1912 Oskar Kokoschka makes the radical phenomenological claim that 'Consciousness is the source of all things and of all conceptions. It is a sea ringed with visions'. I wish to take this view as a point of departure for a critique of a narrow, though precise, d e f i n i t i o n of meaning as found in a current theory of language and juxtapose to it a broader definition of meaning as required for the reading of literary texts and, more generally, all cultural - historical exchange.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Arts
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
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