About Time: Narrative, Fiction and the Philosophy of Time (The Frontiers of Theory)
By: Mark Currie (author)Paperback
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Why have theorists approached narrative primarily as a form of retrospect? Mark Currie argues that anticipation and other forms of projection into the future are vital for an understanding of narrative and its effects in the world. In a series of arguments and readings, he offers an account of narrative as both anticipation and retrospection, linking fictional time experiments (in Ali Smith, Ian McEwan, Martin Amis and Graham Swift) to exhilarating philosophical themes about presence and futurity. This is an argument that shows that narrative lies at the heart of modern experiences of time, structuring the present, whether personal or collective, as the object of a future memory as much as it records the past.
Mark Currie is Professor of Contemporary Literature at Queen Mary, University of London. His previous publications include Difference (Routledge, 2004), Postmodern Narrative Theory (Palgrave, 2nd edition, 2011) and Metafiction (Longman 1995).
Series Editor's Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction About About Time; Chapter One: The Present; Chapter Two: Prolepsis; Chapter Three: Temporality and Self-Distance; Chapter Four: Inner and Outer Time; Chapter Five: Backwards Time; Chapter Six: Fictional Knowledge; Chapter Seven: Tense Times; Bibliography; Index.
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