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Volume 48 • Number 1

January 2011



Unrealistic Fictions

by Allan Hazlett and Christy Mag Uidhir

This sense of “unrealistic,” then, can apply to fictions, to parts of fictions, or to entire genres of fiction. Furthermore, one can say that a fiction is unrealistic in a particular way or with respect of a particular part of what is depicted or described. This essay offers an analysis of the everyday notion of an unrealistic fiction. This notion stands in need of clarification because there is something prima facie puzzling about calling a fiction unrealistic: the content of a fiction is expected to be (at least partly) false, and having false content is not, in general, a flaw, for a fiction (see below). If being unrealistic means having false content, then all fictions are unrealistic. So what is sought is some conception of being unrealistic, as this applies to fictions, on which some fictions are nontrivially unrealistic.

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