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date: 27 January 2022

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This chapter investigates the significance of the topic of lying in the arts with an emphasis on the potential connection of lying with specific literary genres, such as the tall tale, the travelogue, the detective story, and the dystopian novel, and the related question whether fiction can be understood as a specific form of lying. Other sections deal with the depiction of lying characters and the representation of standard situations of lying. The major examples are drawn from literary texts, ranging from picturebooks and young adult novels to literature for adults, and films. Finally, this chapter gives a brief outlook on painting and photography by addressing the often-disputed issue of whether pictures are able to lie.

Keywords: children’s literature, literary fake, literary genre, literature for adults, lying character, lying in the arts, movie, photography, unreliable narration

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