2. The Space-In-Between

  1. Keith Oatley

Published Online: 15 JUL 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781119970910.ch2

Such Stuff as Dreams: The Psychology of Fiction

Such Stuff as Dreams: The Psychology of Fiction

How to Cite

Oatley, K. (2011) The Space-In-Between, in Such Stuff as Dreams: The Psychology of Fiction, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119970910.ch2

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 JUL 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470974575

Online ISBN: 9781119970910



  • the space-in-between, and childhood play - entrance to fiction, world-making and play;
  • Children's friendships, by Judy Dunn - children's “absorption in the shared narrative”;
  • children, moving effortlessly between modes - of pretend play and story, versions of same activity;
  • experience of fiction - being as enjoyable as play;
  • Aristotle's Poetics, meaning of mimesis - and world-making, with children's play;
  • Paul Harris, pointing out that in pretend play - children, creating whole imaginary worlds;
  • derivation of fiction, childhood play - and Sigmund Freud's article, 1908;
  • childhood play, in all cultures - three kinds, social play, play with objects and pretend play;
  • metaphor and metonymy - metaphor, very nature of mind, and linguist, Roman Jakobson;
  • Shakespeare's idea, seeing beneath the shadow - surface of behavior, prompting one to imagine why people act as they do


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • World-making and play

  • From play to fiction via metaphor

  • A very social nature

  • Friendship and theory-of-mind

  • A playful novel