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The UnexpectedNarrative Temporality and the Philosophy of Surprise$
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Mark Currie

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748676293

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676293.001.0001

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A Flow of Unforeseeable Novelty

A Flow of Unforeseeable Novelty

(p.11) Chapter 1 A Flow of Unforeseeable Novelty
The Unexpected

Mark Currie

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter introduces the problems of the modelling in narrative of temporal experience. It focuses on the problem of the already existing and unchangeable nature of the future in a narrative sequence, and therefore on the apparent unsuitability of narrative for the representation of open futurity. It explores the metaphorical basis for our sense that the future lies ahead, and that time goes forwards in relation to the notion of orientational metaphor. It then develops an alternative conceptual metaphor based in the connection between time and writing. The chapter argues that narrative, and the novel, have some basic disposition towards the relaying of unexpected events, and that our conceptions of time are difficult to extract from our understanding of written narrative.

Keywords:   Temporality, future, expectation, conceptual metaphor, orientational metaphor, flow

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