Slovo.ru: Baltic accent

2020 Vol. 11 №1

Back to the list Download an article

The reality of fiction in a literary world: on an excerpt from Stanisław Lem’s Solaris

DOI
10.5922/2225-5346-2020-1-6
Pages
101-107

Abstract

Using an excerpt from Stanisław Lem’s Solaris, this article explores the idea that, in a literary text, a fictional world and the world of physical reality may interact to form such a reality that can paradoxically turn out to be more real than what we believe to be the actual reality. It is also shown that the fictional world realized in a literary text may bring the reader to certain conclusions about the world in which he or she lives. Thus, even if literature is in­capable of affecting reality, it can change the way the latter is perceived. A fictional world is not just a reality — it is a reality of a higher order.

Reference

Aristotle, 2017. Poetika. Ritorika [Poetics. Rhetoric]. St. Petersburg (in Russ.).

Bakhtin, M., 1994. To the philosophy of action. In: M. Bakhtin, ed. Raboty 20-kh godov [The work of the 20s]. Kiev (in Russ.).

Domanski, Y. V., 2018a. The art world and the real world. In: M. M. Golubkov, et al., eds. Russkaya literatura ХХ—ХХI vekov kak literaturnyi protsess (problemy teorii i metodologii izucheniya): Materialy VI Mezhdunarodnoi nauchnoi konferentsii [Russian lit­erature of the XX—XXI centuries as a literary process (problems of theory and meth­odology of study): Proceedings of the VI International Scientific Conference]. Mos­cow, 18—19 December 2018. pp. 21—25 (in Russ.).

Domanski, Y. V., 2018b. The art world and physical reality. Vestnik RGGU. Seriya «Istoriya. Filologiya. Kul'turologiya. Vostokovedeniye» [Bulletin of the RSUH. Series «History. Philology. Culturology. Oriental Studies»], 2 (35), pp. 59—69 (in Russ.).

Lem, S., 2018. Solaris: roman [Solaris: the novel]. Moscow (in Russ.).

Cervantes Saavedra, M. de., 2017. Khitroumnyy idal'go Don Kikhot Lamanchskiy [The cunning hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha]. St. Petersburg (in Russ.).

Wilde, O., 2017. Portret Doriana Greya: roman [Portrait of Dorian Gray: the novel]. St. Petersburg (in Russ.).

Fedorov, F. P., 1988. Romanticheskiy khudozhestvennyy mir: prostranstvo i vremya [Ro­mantic art world: space and time]. Riga (in Russ.).

Fomenko, I. V. and Fomenko, L. P., 1998. The art world and the world in which the author lives. Literaturnyy tekst: problemy i metody issledovaniya [Literary text: prob­lems and research methods], 4, pp. 3—9 (in Russ.).

Chudakov, A. P., 2015. Lozhitsya mgla na staryye stupeni: Roman-idilliya [The haze lies on the old steps: the novel-idyll]. Moscow (in Russ.).

Lem, S., 2019. Solaris: powieść. Available at: http://bookswarez.prv.pl [Accessed 22 July 2019].