Fictions, Lies, and Baron Munchausen’s Narrative

  title={Fictions, Lies, and Baron Munchausen’s Narrative},
  author={Sarah Tindal Kareem},
  journal={Modern Philology},
  pages={483 - 509}
Ricky Gervais and Patrick Robinson’s film The Invention of Lying (2009) postulates a world in which lying does not exist until one man accidentally invents it. In the fictional universe of the film, imaginative literature is equated with lying; invented narratives of any sort do not exist, and screenwriters such as the film’s main protagonist can write narrative accounts only of established facts, which are understandably tedious. In our own world we grant screenwriters an exemption from the… Expand
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