Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 112 (2pt2):179--209 (2012)

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Stacie Friend
Birkbeck College
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Standard theories define fiction in terms of an invited response of imagining or make-believe. I argue that these theories are not only subject to numerous counterexamples, they also fail to explain why classification matters to our understanding and evaluation of works of fiction as well as non-fiction. I propose instead that we construe fiction and non-fiction as genres: categories whose membership is determined by a cluster of nonessential criteria, and which play a role in the appreciation of particular works. I claim that this proposal captures the intuitions motivating alternative theories of fiction
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9264.2012.00331.x
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