Sutrop on Literary Fiction-Making: Defending Currie

Disputatio 3 (28):151-157 (2010)
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In her study Fiction and Imagination: The Anthropological Function of Literature (2000), Margit Sutrop criticizes Gregory Currie’s theory of fiction-making, as presented in The Nature of Fiction (1990), for using an inappropriate conception of the author’s ‘fictive intention.’ As Sutrop sees it, Currie is mistaken in reducing the author’s fictive intention to that of achieving a certain response in the audience. In this paper, I shall discuss Sutrop’s theory of fiction-making and argue that although her view is insightful in distinguishing the illocutionary effect and the perlocutionary effect in the author’s fictive intention, there aren flaws in it. My aim is to show that, first, Sutrop’s critique of Currie’s view is misguided and, second, her own definition of fiction as an expression of the author’s imagination is problematic in not distinguishing literary fiction-making from other discursive functions and in dismissing the literary practice which regulates the production of literary fictions.



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Jukka Mikkonen
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Speech Acts.J. Searle - 1969 - Foundations of Language 11 (3):433-446.
Imagination and the act of fiction-making.Margit Sutrop - 2002 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 80 (3):332 – 344.

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