"When historians try to relate their "findings" about the "facts" in what they call an "artistic" manner, they uniformly eschew the techniques of literary representation which Joyce, Yeats, and Ibsen have contributed to modern culture. There have been no significant attempts at surrealistic, expressionistic, or existentialist historiography in this century (...)"
Любомир Долежел комментирует: "It would be extremely interesting to read, say, a surrealistic history" (Lubomír Doležel. Possible Worlds of Fiction and History, p. 137).
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"Narrative is not in any way adventitious or external to the actions and experiences of real life but a part of its fabric... Insofar as [historical] inquiry results in narrative accounts, these must be regarded not as a departure from the structure of the reality they purport to depict, much less a distortion or radical transformation of its character, but as an extension of its very nature" (David Carr. Time, Narrative and History - Doležel, p. 53).
"Narrative, like lyric or dance, is not to be regarded as an aesthetic invention used by artists to control, manipulate and order experience, but as a primary act of mind transferred to art from life... For we dream in narrative, daydream in narrative, remember, anticipate, hope, despair, believe, doubt, plan, revise, criticize, construct, gossip, learn, hate, and love by narrative" (Barbara Hardy. Towards a Poetics of Fiction - Doležel, p. 138).