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The Unexpected: Narrative Temporality and the Philosophy of Surprise

Mark Currie


This is a study of unexpected events in narrative, fiction and life. It explores theoretical writings on the subject of surprise, and its broader context in the philosophy of time, and demonstrates the importance of related concepts, such as unpredictability, the event, the untimely and the messianic, in the contemporary world. Narrative is often thought of as the recollection or recapitulation of past events, but this study aims to accentuate questions of expectation, anticipation and futurity in the process of narrative comprehension. It offers an account of narrative temporality based aroun ... More

Keywords: Unforeseeable, Narrative, Narratology, Prediction, Modality, Time, Temporality, Event, Messianic, Future

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748676293
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676293.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Currie, author