The FILLM Newsletter
|Worldmaking. Literature, Language, Culture.|
Tom Clark, Emily Finlay and Philippa Kelly (eds)
Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2017
In 1978, Nelson Goodman explored the relation of “worlds” to language
and literature, formulating the term, “worldmaking” to suggest that many
other worlds can as plausibly exist as the “world” we know right now.
We cannot catch or know “the world” as such: all we can catch are the
world versions - descriptions, views or workings of the world – that are
expressed in symbolic systems (words, music, dancing, visual
representations). Over the twenty-five years since then, creative works
have played a crucial role in realigning, reshaping and renegotiating
our understandings of how worlds can be made and preserved in the face
of globalizing trends.
The volume is divided into three sections,
each engaging with worlds as malleable constructs. Central to all of
the contributions is the question: how can we understand the
relationships between natural, political, cultural, fictional, literary,
linguistic and virtual worlds, and why does this matter?
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