fictive creation

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Only a "modest coming-together" can be shown as evidence of a "Southern mind" before 1860, he argues, thus characterizing the South as less a real place than a fictive creation of revisionary historians and writers.
Babbitt loved his hometown, just as Sinclair Lewis loved his fictive creation Babbitt and his home state of Minnesota, whose 87 counties and county seats Lewis memorized.
Thus, they think we must urge writers to think of audience as actual readers reading their texts, as well as invoked, fictive creations of their own imaginations.