This paper deals with the assumption that literature in its striving for truth displays its very cognitive potential and its social impact. It focuses on the relationship between literature and the world that grasps the mimetic question but also the implied idea that reality and truth are not the same. After introducing related theoretical issues, I c onsider art’s submission to political power which Herman Broch focused on in Der Tod des Vergil . The second novel I deal with, The Plot against America , brings out further considerations related to Roth’s choice of alternative history: his questioning of t raditional historical narrative and exploring other possibilities of getting to know the past which are more intrinsic to literary imagination and fictional works. I do not mean to compare the two novels. I rather suggest that they develop and specifically articulate two differ ent ways literature tells real and /or fictional events an d in doing so attempt to gain their deep understanding .

Verità, politica e mondi possibili. Der Tod des Vergil di Hermann Broch e The Plot Against America di Philip Roth.

Stefania Rutigliano
2019

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This paper deals with the assumption that literature in its striving for truth displays its very cognitive potential and its social impact. It focuses on the relationship between literature and the world that grasps the mimetic question but also the implied idea that reality and truth are not the same. After introducing related theoretical issues, I c onsider art’s submission to political power which Herman Broch focused on in Der Tod des Vergil . The second novel I deal with, The Plot against America , brings out further considerations related to Roth’s choice of alternative history: his questioning of t raditional historical narrative and exploring other possibilities of getting to know the past which are more intrinsic to literary imagination and fictional works. I do not mean to compare the two novels. I rather suggest that they develop and specifically articulate two differ ent ways literature tells real and /or fictional events an d in doing so attempt to gain their deep understanding .
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