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“The Being That Can Be Told” : The Telling by Ursula K. Le Guin as a Remedy for the Anthropocene



Year of publication 2021
Type Chapter of a book
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Faculty of Arts

Description The Telling (2000), a novel Ursula K. Le Guin takes place on an alien planet in a distant future and creates a sophisticated fantastic fictional world. Nevertheless, mimesis is essential for its comprehension. Presented paper analyses levels of mimesis in the novel, starting from a surface level of explicit references through historical allusions, inspiration by philosophical and religious systems to deeper levels. These are embodied by the metaphorical interconnection of the body and the world, and the vital role of the telling for being in the world and understanding the world, living in harmony with body and mind, with other people and with the environment. In the reflection of experiencing the story and the fictional world through the body experience and the emotions evoked from memory during reading, the paper builds on the current findings of cognitive sciences.
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