“To suspend disbelief.” Confessional Narrative in Nineteenth-Century and Postmodern Novel
The title of my paper refers to the 14th chapter of Biographia Literaria by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in which he proposed the idea of suspension of disbelief. Having recollected the origins of Lyrical Ballads, he noted that:
It was agreed that my endeavours should be directed to persons and characters supernatural, or at least romantic; yet so as to transfer from our inward nature a human interest and a semblance of truth sufficient to procure for these shadows of imagination that willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith. (Coleridge 2001: 677)
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