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This thesis is concerned with construction and reconstruction of Bas Lag, a fictional world created by China Miéville for his second novel The Perdido Street Station . The construction of this fictional world is described in this thesis according to Doležel´s concept of fictional semantics and Ruth Ronen´s theories and aspects of possible worlds in literary theory. 6
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In the first chapter of the thesis, the origin of the text in question is discussed, analysed from the point of view of narratology, i.e. discusses the plot and its construction, character typology etc. The second chapter and its subchapters discuss classification of the fictional text in the system of literary genres; many view China Miéville as a representative of a specific genre – new weird. This genre belongs to the family of genres of speculative fiction (also called genre fiction), it evolved primarily from the weird fiction (represented mainly by H. P. Lovecraft), but does not operate only with features of this genre only; new weird mingles and mixes features of several subgenres of speculative fiction and distills its settings from them. New weird was never defined by the group of authors who are associated with it; partly because of their dislike of labels and partly because the features of the genre are too heterogenous to be described as a unified programme. In 2000, when The Perdido Street Station was published, new weird found its representation. The third chapter deals with the construction and reconstruction of the fictional world; three subchapters deal separately with narrative modalities operating in the fictional world (i.e. alethic, deontic, axiological and epistemic constraints), intensional function (and its three basic functions naming, authentication and saturation functions), aspects of fictional entities and creating of a fictional encyclopedia in the fictional world. The fourth chapter presents the analysis of reconstruction of the fictional world in Milan Žáček´s translation of selected passages of the novel (represented by opening chapters of the novel; Chapter One, Two and Four). 7
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ON THE NOVEL ORIGIN OF THE TEXT In an interview for the 3AM Magazine, China Miéville describes Perdido Street Station as follows: “ Perdido Street Station is a very big book (almost nine hundred pages) 1 about two and a half times the size of King Rat 2 set in a fantasy city called 'New Crobuzon'. It's basically a secondary world fantasy with Victorian era technology“ (Marshall). Although he was working on it while was working on his PhD paper, the novel was an immense success and also managed to push a nascent literary genre New Weird towards its peak, bringing the wide public to become its new readership besides the devoted fans who were watching the new genre develop.
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