Fiction, Its Instruments, Its Creatures and Their Friends

Workshop on Stacie Friend’s account of fiction and fictional discourse

The meeting will focus on issues like the status of fictional characters, the ways of their identification and co-identification, the role of proper names in the texts of literary fiction and in the discourse about fiction, the relation between the actual world and the fictional world of a literary work, the nature of fiction and its relation to the authors’ creative acts, the concept of „truth in fiction“, the role of imagination in interpreting fiction etc. Its aim is to provide an opportunity for discussing Stacie Friend’s views on these and related topics, as they are presented in her recent texts, including Fictional Characters, Believing in Stories, Imagining Fact and Fiction, Fiction as a Genre, Notions of Nothing, The Real Foundation of Fictional Worlds (all the papers are available online).


Monday, October 9th

10:00-11:00 Stacie Friend (London): Fiction and Reality

11:00-12:00 Anthony Everett (Bristol): Fictional truth and imagination

lunch break

14:00-15:00 Derek Matravers (Open University): Friend on imagination and belief

15:00-16:00 Zsofia Zvolenszky (Bratislava/Budapest): Authors’ Error and the Real Foundation of Fictional Worlds

16:00-17:00 László Kajtár (Budapest): Real foundations and impossibilities:
truth in unnatural narrative

17:00-18:00 Petr Koťátko (Prague): The reality assumption and the reality commitment


Kafkaesque walk through the Old City

Tuesday, October 10th

9:00-10:00 Manuel García-Carpintero (Barcelona): Singular reference in fictional discourse

10:00-11:00 Alberto Voltolini (Turin): Real individuals in fiction,
fictional surrogates in stories

11:00-12:00 Fredrik Stjernberg (Linköping): ”What’s the matter?” ”Oh, … nothing.” Friend on notion networks and notions of nothing

lunch break

14:00-15:00 David Davies (Montreal): t.b.a.

15:00-16:00 Catharine Abell (Manchester): Evaluating works as fiction

16:00-17:00 Josep Corbí (Valencia): The contrast class of fiction

17:00-18:00 Miriam McCormick (Richmond ): The Emotional Difference between Belief and Make-Belief