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Introduction: About About Time

Mark Currie

in About Time

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780748624249
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652037 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624249.003.0001
Introduction: About About Time

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In Paul Ricoeur's account of the ‘tale about time’, it is not necessary that time be the only topic, but rather that it predominates. Next, the question of the tale about time follows from familiarity of the problem to the structuralist. The concern of this book is with the relationship between storytelling, future time and the nature of being. It begins from two propositions. The first is that the reading of fictional narratives is a kind of preparation for and repetition of the continuous anticipation which takes place in non-fictional life. The second is that the place of fictional narrative in the world has altered since the beginning of the twentieth century, and that fiction has been one of the places in which a new experience of time has been rehearsed, developed and expressed. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in the book is given.

Keywords: Paul Ricoeur; structuralist; storytelling; fictional narrative; future time; nature of being

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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