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The Useless Mouths and Other Literary Writings$
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Simone de Beauvoir, Margaret A. Simons, and Marybeth Timmermann

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036347

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036347.001.0001

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The Novel and the Theater

The Novel and the Theater

(p.102) The Novel and the Theater
The Useless Mouths and Other Literary Writings

Simone de Beauvoir

, Marybeth Timmermann

Janella D. Moy

Joe Feigl

University of Illinois Press

The novel and the theater are two forms of fiction: in both cases, it is a matter of creating an imaginary world, and making characters, whose story constitutes what is called the plot, enter into this world. In order for the impact of the work to surpass that of simple entertainment, the story must also have a signification. Through carefully constructed lies, the book, like the play, strives to communicate a general human truth, but they do not rely on the same devices, and they do not seek the same type of truth....

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