British Journal of Aesthetics 56 (2):149-161 (2016)

Michel-Antoine Xhignesse
Capilano University
It is commonly thought that authors can make anything whatsoever true in their fictions by artistic fiat. Harry Deutsch originally called this position the Principle of Poetic License. If true, PPL sets an important constraint on accounts of fictional truth: they must be such as to allow that, for any x, one can write a story in which it is true that x. I argue that PPL is far too strong: it requires us to abandon the law of non-contradiction and entails a radical revision of otherwise ordinary commitments about truth in fiction.
Keywords poetic license  truth in fiction  authorial intent
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DOI 10.1093/aesthj/ayv053
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