Dickinson's speaker highlights the fictitious nature of "our Faith," more importantly ascribing peace to a calm acceptance of its very fictitiousness
. Peace can be achieved by accepting the "fiction" of "our Faith" and, by extension, the illusory nature of everything that we cling to, whether visible or invisible.
Alexander Bareis wrote almost ten years ago that even fifty (now sixty) years after Kate Hamburger's (Die Logik) seminal theories "fictionality is very often explained exclusively in terms of fictitiousness
: That is, fictionality is defined by its non-real content" (156).
Again, this constitutes an alienating effect, as the movie literally stops to reflect on itself--in an ironic manner even denies its own fictitiousness
: 'There was no movie'--encouraging the viewer to do the same" (Pillip 61).
'so that's why I did x, y, z during my 20s'), yet despite this fictitiousness
, it takes on and provides subjective Truth, a new position, (dis)orientation, sense to and of the world.
It is difficult to recast the main actors in historical events that occurred in living memory, so while Berneder's point about the possible fictitiousness
of Claudia Quinta still stands, Scipio Nasica must be allowed his youthful moment of triumph.
Similarly, social media allows a form of anonymity or fictitiousness
which previously did not exist.
These stories also suggest that to retain a self-consciousness about this fact of narrative contingency, a willingness to confess the very fictitiousness
of one's own textual practices, earns the storyteller a paradoxical claim to authenticity.
In contrast to the autobiographical pact, the author may make with the reader the fictional pact introduced by either "obvious practice of nonidentity" or "affirmation of fictitiousness
" (Lejeune 1989: 15).
In signaling its own discursive disingenuousness it proclaims the fictitiousness
of all identity constructions and deconstructs contemporary race and gender conventions.
Also interesting is their fictitiousness
. Why did people "forge" these letters?
The divergent reception of Death of a Monk and The Dejani Estate cannot be accounted for as mere reactions to the admission or denial of their fictitiousness
. After all, both novels argue for the centrality of fiction for one's understanding of history and, even more so, for the power of fiction to uncover what history has concealed and suppressed to produce "truth from the Land of Israel," or from Damascus, as the case may be, a truth that would reveal, in Ahad Ha-Am's words, "the bad part in the course of the 'movement' and its outcomes." (35) Rather, the kernel of the issue is the strife over the conception of history in its relation to fiction.