Five Fictions in Search of Truth by Myra Jehlen

By Myra Jehlen

Fiction, faraway from being the other of fact, is thoroughly bent on discovering it out, and writing novels is the way to understand the true global as objectively as attainable. In Five Fictions looking for Truth, Myra Jehlen develops this concept via readings of works by means of Flaubert, James, and Nabokov. She invokes Proust's well-known look for misplaced reminiscence because the exemplary literary method, which strives, no matter what its fabrics, for a real wisdom. In Salammbô, Flaubert digs up Carthage; in The Ambassadors, James plumbs the tested lifestyles and touches at its limits; whereas in Lolita, Nabokov strains a look for fact that turns into a trespass.

In those readings, shape and elegance become fiction's ability for taking carry of fact, that is to claim that they're as epistemological as they're aesthetic, every one rising in terms of the opposite. the classy points of a literary paintings are only such a lot of tools for exploring a topic, and the sweetness and delight of a piece make certain the validity of its account of the area. For Flaubert, famously, a gorgeous sentence was once confirmed actual via its attractiveness. James and Nabokov wrote at the related assumption--that shape and magnificence have been instantly the beginning and the affirmation of a work's truth.

In Five Fictions looking for Truth, Jehlen exhibits, in addition, that fiction's findings aren't simply in regards to the global yet immanent inside of it. Literature works concretely, via this way, that kind, this photograph, that note, looking a fact that's both concrete. Writers write--and readers read--to observe an incarnate, secular wisdom, and in doing in order that they enact a uncomplicated concurrence among literature and science.

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