The Matter of Fact in Literature

Some works of literature are compromised because their authors get the facts wrong. In other works deviations from the facts don’t seem to matter, and authors quite legitimately make things up. This paper gives an account of the various ways in which matters of fact can make a difference to the aesthetic value of works of literature. It concludes by showing how this account can be applied in determining when a concern with matters of fact is an important part of literary criticism and when it is merely pedantic.
Keywords Fiction  Authorship  Aesthetics  Hermaneutics
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DOI 10.1080/09672550903164392
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