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About TimeNarrative, Fiction and the Philosophy of Time$
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Mark Currie

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748624249

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624249.001.0001

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Fictional Knowledge

Fictional Knowledge

(p.107) Chapter 7 Fictional Knowledge
About Time

Mark Currie

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter considers Ali Smith's The Accidental and Ian McEwan's Saturday. These novels serve as interesting examples in which the problems of knowledge, fictional knowledge of internal time-consciousness and critical knowledge of this fictional knowledge, interact with each other. The Accidental and Saturday seem to link a certain preoccupation of time with the spirit of the times, and they both deal with the intrusion into the life of a family of an outsider. Saturday differs from The Accidental in the sense that the former maintains an entirely implicit self-knowledge in its dramatisation of reflections upon literature, whereas the latter develops its self-knowledge in an explicit way, principally through its anti-realistic frame-breaking.

Keywords:   fictional knowledge, Ali Smith, The Accidental, Ian McEwan, Saturday, times

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