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The Fictionalisation of Theory in Selected Works by Italo Calvino



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The Fictionalisation of Theory in Selected Works by Italo Calvino by Kit-Ying Leung
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This dissertation, "The Fictionalisation of Theory in Selected Works by Italo Calvino" by Kit-ying, Leung, 梁潔瑩, was obtained from The University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong) and is being sold pursuant to Creative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License. The content of this dissertation has not been altered in any way. We have altered the formatting in order to facilitate the ease of printing and reading of the dissertation. All rights not granted by the above license are retained by the author. Abstract: Abstract of dissertation entitled The Fictionalisation of Theory in Selected Works by Italo Calvino Submitted by Leung Kit Ying for the degree of Master of Arts at The University of Hong Kong in June 2005 This dissertation examines the fictionalisation of theory in Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities (1972), If on a Winter's Night a Traveller (1979) and Mr. Palomar (1983). Although all three are fictional works, they do not simply construct fictional worlds but play with or are inspired by various theories. In this sense, it might be argued that these works fictionalise the theories incorporated into their stories. The fictionalisation of theory in Invisible Cities, If on a Winter's Night a Traveller and Mr. Palomar is discussed with reference to relevant theories of semiotics, structuralism, post-structuralism and postmodernism. Chapter 2 explores signs, models, interpretation and language in Mr. Palomar and Invisible Cities; Chapter 3 focuses on how theories of metafiction and the role of author and reader are fictionalised in If on a Winter's Night a Traveller; and Chapter 4 explores ways in which Invisible Cities fictionalises postmodern notions of history, simulation, place and placelessness. By studying the fictionalisation of theory, this dissertation argues that fiction and theory can be combined together to form a new kind of literary work, different from conventional fiction by going beyond presenting fictional worlds. It is argued that through such fictional works, readers are introduced to theories and the ways these theories extend knowledge of daily experience in the contemporary world. (213 words) DOI: 10.5353/th_b3157932
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January 26th, 2017
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