TitleThe metaphysics of interpretation
NameHepola, Allison Jill (author), Zimmerman, Dean (chair), Kivy, Peter (co-chair), Thomasson, Amie (outside member), Rutgers University, Graduate School - New Brunswick,
Ontology in literature
DescriptionIn The Metaphysics of Interpretation, I explore the ontological issues surrounding fictional characters, literary works, and literary interpretation. My central claim is that if one accepts a certain position on the ontology of fictional characters and literary works –
artifactualism – then, under certain circumstances, the misinterpretation of a literary work will result in the full-fledged destruction of that work. Some related matters that are studied include: realism about fictional characters, artifactualism’s implications for the
debate between textualism and constructivism, the seeming temporal “gappiness” of literary works, and the question of validity in interpretation.
NoteIncludes bibliographical references
Noteby Allison Jill Hepola
CollectionGraduate School - New Brunswick Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Organization NameRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
RightsThe author owns the copyright to this work.