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The Picaresque Genre: A Formal Definition

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Title:The Picaresque Genre: A Formal Definition
Authors:Sprouseblum, Adam
Contributors:English (department)
Date Issued:15 Jan 2014
Publisher:University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract:Any scientist could tell you that no matter how sure they are that a theory is proven, there may eventually be an exception to that theory. Perhaps that exception will only occur in one out of one million or more examples, but that exception does exist. And there is bound to be someone who, in the future, will find that exception, state it, and question the original theory. Eventually, a new theory may emerge. Or perhaps the old theory will hold true with regard to that/those few exceptions. Other times, the old theory must be replaced for an entirely new one, as when Ptolemy's claim that the earth was the center of the universe had to be replaced with the more accurate view that the earth is just one of many planets orbiting the sun in a complex network. The idea here is not to argue over whether a theory is true or not, but to express the importance of this search and to state that what one produces is not (usually) absolute truth but a movement toward producing something that is more true than what was previously thought. Some would argue that this is a risky business - proposing something as truth that may not be - but this continual revising and reshaping is an important force propelling academia in a forward direction.
Pages/Duration:70 pages
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