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About Time: Narrative, Fiction and the Philosophy of Time

Mark Currie


This book brings together ideas about time from narrative theory and philosophy. It argues that literary criticism and narratology have approached narrative primarily as a form of retrospect, and demonstrates through a series of arguments and readings that anticipation and other forms of projection into the future offer new analytical perspectives to narrative criticism and theory. The book offers an account of ‘prolepsis’ or ‘flashforward’ in the contemporary novel that retrieves it from the realm of experimentation and places it at the heart of a contemporary mode of being, both personal and ... More

Keywords: narrative theory, literary criticism, prolepsis, contemporary novel, philosophy of time, contemporary stories, Ali Smith, Ian McEwan, Martin Amis, Graham Swift

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780748624249
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624249.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Currie, author