Qfwfq as Kafka? Possible-worlds interpretations

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In this paper I propose an interpretation of Calvino's Cosmicomiche in the framework of possible-worlds fiction theory. I use this theoretical framework to make an ‘interpretative bet’ on the name of the main character and narrator of these stories: can we read Qfwfq as a stylistic constant which refers to Kafka as an interpretative function? In my reading, Kafka is not a descriptive content of the name ‘Qfwfq’, but a semantic model relative to Qfwfq's possible worlds. The definition of this model provides a unified interpretation of the cosmicomic project and contributes to a new reading of Calvino's late works.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1001-1027
Number of pages27
JournalModern Language Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011


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