Places and Spaces in Post-apocalyptic Literature : The Road Not Taken



Year of publication 2020
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
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Faculty of Arts

Description This paper discusses the concept of “spaces” from the perspective of the theory of fictional worlds, thus by understanding fictional texts as semiotic objects made of entities with a specific ontological status. These aesthetic artefacts, governed by global regularities of texture, are by their very nature constructed as finite and incomplete – the blank spaces, the gaps in narratives, represent a universal feature that often happens to be concretized by the act of reading. The paper focuses on the phenomenon of the gaps in post-apocalyptic narratives, such as The Road by Cormac McCarthy, and illustrates what happens to these blank spaces if they undergo a process of translation.
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