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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

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(p.107) Chapter 7 Fictional Knowledge
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About Time
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Mark Currie

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624249.003.0007

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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