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Journal of Literary Semantics

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Resolving textual discrepancies in fictional story worlds: Two approaches and further suggestions

Amit Marcus,
  • Beit Berl College and IDC Herzliya, Israel
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Published Online: 2012-03-28 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jls-2012-0001


This essay compares two models for resolving textual discrepancies in fictional worlds: Tamar Yacobi's model of communication and Jan Alber's model of naturalizing unnatural narrative scenarios and events. I argue that irrespective of the specific mechanisms of integration, such approaches should satisfy at least four conditions: present a set of strategies broad enough to handle all types of textual discrepancies that the particular approach aims to encompass; make the most concise and precise distinctions between the different strategies; clarify the logical relations between the strategies; and explicate the relation of these strategies to the history of fictional narratives and of the strategies themselves. The essay critically examines both approaches and compares them in light of these four conditions. I complete the essay with a reading of Edgar Allan Poe's story “The Black Cat,” through which I illustrate my proposal for a combination and a modification of these two approaches.

Published Online: 2012-03-28

Published in Print: 2012-04-17

Citation Information: . Volume 41, Issue 1, Pages 1–24, ISSN (Online) 1613-3838, ISSN (Print) 0341-7638, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jls-2012-0001, March 2012

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