Forthcoming Issue: Frame 31.2 – Fact and Fiction

The relation between fact and fiction has been a central topic for comparative literary studies ever since its inception. Because of the literary text’s ambiguous ontological status, authors are (nominally) at liberty to write anything without being held accountable for their artistic creation. As Jonathan Culler puts it, the literary text “does not presume a reality given and to be represented but instead posits its own truth … inscribes its own context, institutes its own scene and gives us to experience that instituting.”

In this issue of Frame, we invite you to consider the value and potentials of comparative literary studies, and related fields such as media studies, cultural studies, and aesthetics, to address the aforementioned political and technological developments. Rather than staging discussions on what is true and what is false, this issue encourages authors to explore the social, political, and cultural role of the terms fact and fiction. How do literary genres shape our understanding of fact and fiction? In what ways do technological developments not only change the possibilities of storytelling, but also our standards and perceptions of fact and fiction? And what responsibility do literary and cultural scholars have in influencing the debate around the social construction of facts?

Further details to be announced in due time. Meanwhile, please browse our earlier issues in the archive.