chapter  11
‘World enough, and time’
Deictic space and the interpretation of prose
ByPaul Werth
Pages 25

Human beings always have their experiences at some place and at some time; they cannot have them nowhere. It therefore seems only natural that whenever we read about something happening, we try to conceptualize the background situation comprising the where and when of the event as well as the people and objects positioned in it. It is these apparently simple facts which form the starting-point of Paul Werth’s well-argued proposal in this chapter to apply the theory of text worlds to the fictional universe projected in novels and short stories.