Alan Singer

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780195182637
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy


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This article looks at the importance of plot in literature. It discusses Frank Kermode's expansive analysis of narrative plot making throughout human history, The Sense of an Ending, and twentieth-century narratologists' opinion on the specific arranging or rearranging of discrepant events that plot entails. It suggests that plot is ethos driven and that it is the means by which human agents negotiate the obstacles that time and worldliness put in the path of our desire to sustain purposeful action.

Keywords: plot; literature; Frank Kermode; The Sense of an Ending; narratologists; purposeful action; human agents

Article.  12025 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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