Fictional Knowledge

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:
Fictional Knowledge

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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

Chapter.  14777 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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