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Moving Worlds: Fictionality and Illusion After Coleridge.

Garratt, Peter



This article examines Victorian philosophical responses to fictional worlds. It revisits Coleridge’s coinage of the ‘willing suspension of disbelief’, a phrase still taken to be an explanation of the mind’s inner experience of fictionality, before focusing on volition and illusion in John Stuart Mill, G. H. Lewes and James Sully. It ends by positioning these aspects of nineteenth-century intellectual culture in relation to a recent revival of interest in reading practices and ‘cognitive’ literary criticism.


Garratt, P. (2012). Moving Worlds: Fictionality and Illusion After Coleridge. Literature Compass, 9(11), 752-763.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2012-11
Deposit Date Jan 10, 2013
Journal Literature Compass
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Issue 11
Pages 752-763