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Enacting and exploring ideas in fiction.

Nordberg, D., 2023. Enacting and exploring ideas in fiction. In: Great Writing International Creative Writing Conference, 15-16 July 2023, London, UK. (Unpublished)

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Philosophically engaged fiction often employs ideas in ways that reflect the exploitation-exploration dilemma in developmental psychology: by exploiting well articulated theories by enacting their conflicts, or by exploring the uncertainties of puzzling ontologies or moral complexities. We can see this in action in many works, but some novels of ideas seek to defy such categorization. This paper analyses two recent works – The Overstory by Richard Powers (2018) and Elizabeth McKenzie’s The Portable Veblen (2016) – showing how they deal with related concerns and settings through very different approaches. While Powers offers an enactment, its complexity seeks to evade the book becoming a simple polemic. McKenzie’s protagonist explores her muddled identity, philosophy and much else while flirting with the enactment of ideas when she does not comprehend.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:38809
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:04 Aug 2023 09:44
Last Modified:04 Aug 2023 09:44


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