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A Practical Application of Critical World-Building

Journal article
Authors Audrey Isabel Taylor
Stefan Ekman
Published in Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction
Volume 47.3
Issue 131
Pages 15-28
ISSN 0306-4964
Publication year 2019
Published at Swedish National Data Service (SND)
Pages 15-28
Language en
Keywords world-building, Benjamin Rosenbaum, alternate history, parallel worlds
Subject categories General Literature Studies, Specific Literatures


A practical demonstration of how critical world-building can be used in reading a world. As a test-case, we use the alternate history 'Biographical Notes to "A Discourse on the Nature of Causality, with Airplanes" by Benjamin Rosenbaum' by Benjamin Rosenbaum (2004). Critical world-building tools are applied to the relation between the fictional worlds and the actual world, to a close-reading of the first sentence of the short-story, and to a thematic interpretation of world elements related to the two female characters.

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