One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘While Marvell, Browning, Eliot, etc. had based the genre of lyric around exploring the self-as-structure (its fictitiousness, its layeredness), poets were often being paid well to take the self seriously as an essential whole.’
- ‘French journalism is said to deserve demotion into the ‘literary’ not because it is tainted by fictitiousness, but because it does not affirm a transcendental relation to the personal testimony of which it is composed.’
- ‘‘There is no such thing as a work of pure factuality,’ writes Janet Malcolm, ‘any more than there is one of pure fictitiousness.’’
- ‘But then, Sandy's dim-witted acclamations were often brought up with an air of fictitiousness.’
- ‘As Hackett feels obliged to point out to the Endons, ‘I am scarcely the outer world’ thus ironically disputing a qualitative difference between different levels of fictitiousness within a work of fiction.’
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