Robert Scholes refers to this co-mingling of ideas and fiction as "fabulation." According to Scholes, Iris Murdoch is an "allegorical fabulator
" in whose novels "fiction and ideation" are inseparably "intertwined." Reading Murdoch's novels poses the problem of interpretation because the two elements of fiction and idea are simultaneously present (105).
An implied author ought to be implied by the text, and if a more persuasive reading can be produced than one of metafictional fabulator
, the implied author should be adjusted.
In order to refer to such disparate practitioners of fabulation as Lawrence Durrell, Kurt Vonnegut, Iris Murdoch, John Barth, William Golding, Anthony Burgess, Thomas Pynchon and Jorge Luis Borges, among others, Scholes revived the old term fabulator
Yet he appears as much influenced by Kabbo (whose name incidentally means 'Dream') as by Aesop the fabulator
Ivan Petroff, who provided the diary to the historian Hubert Howe Bancroft, was a known fabulator
; and we even have his confession from a later period, dated 11 November 1892, in which he admitted to the State Department, where he was working on providing translations for the Bering Sea arbitration, that "I hereby acknowledge that ...
Perhaps it's this puritanical streak that accounts for our mistrust of this arch fabulator
. The Devil's Larder (2001) is composed of sixty-four slices of bizarrerie that riff upon Britain's changing relationship with food and consumption in terms carnal and grotesque and of manners and mores.
The ape is a fabulator
of his material existence and is a storyteller, like those in Walter Benjamin's essay "The Storyteller." The ape lectures and is telling about the loss of experience but shows and yet resists cynicism by using cynical reason: the loss of the capacity to describe the loss of experience, the subject about which Walter Benjamin wrote on behalf of those who returned silenced from World War I but who tried to recover their lost capacity for human expression.
He's one of the most unreliable commentators I've ever encountered, I think, somebody who would make an interesting case using psychological, no, psychiatric criticism because he fits even more than William Henry Ireland into the psychiatric definition of a fabulator
or a fantasist.
Lecoy, in the appendix of proper names to his edition, suggests only that the reference is to the 'nom d'un conteur (gallois) invoque par Thomas comme autorite, tres probablement le famosus ille fabulator
Bledhericus de Giraut de Barri' (p.
The precipices, avalanches, and abysses work on him, as if preparing this fabulator
for terrors beyond the grave, precursors to those experienced by the protagonists in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Toilers of the Sea, and Les Miserables--to mention but a few of Hugo's mythical wonders.
'Eumolpus poeta, Eumolpus fabulator
', Phoenix 33, 239-253.