Reality vs. Art

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The writer has a responsability to return to us the reality of our experience -not “objective” reality but the reality of our ongoing lives, reality we are made to deny and forget.[1]

[1] John J. Clayton. Alain Robbe-Grillet: The Aesthetics of Sado-Masochism. Masachusetts Review, 18, i (spring 1977), p. 119.

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I observed new folds near my mouth and, around my eyes and the root of my nose, marks that had not been there a year before. It is not pleasant to find such changes [..] I shrugged them off as inevitable, the price of experience.” [2]

[2] Saul Bellow. Dangling Man. Penguin Modern Classics. London. 2007. p. 173.

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The true act of recognition is more profound than any act of invention, and the greatest achievement of any invention or art work is when it frees you into a recognition of reality[3]

[3] Tony Tanner. “Conclusion” in City of Words: American Fiction 1950-1970. London. Cape. 1971. pp 395-396.

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All fiction contributes to cognition by providing us with models that reveal the nature of reality by their very failure to coincide with it[4].

[4] Robert Scholes. The Fictional criticism of the future. TriQuaterly, nº 34. Fall 1975. p. 237.




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