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‘Denarration’ or getting a life: Coupland and narrative

Andrew Tate

in Douglas Coupland

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780719074882
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701201 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719074882.003.0002
‘Denarration’ or getting a life: Coupland and narrative

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This chapter addresses Coupland's formal and thematic approach to narrative: it traces the relationship between what de Certeau names the ‘interminable recitations’ of those now prevalent commercial stories and the necessity, in Coupland's fiction, of the storytelling act. A crucial concern is the novelist's ongoing interest in the representation of time. Coupland's persistent literary exploration of temporality and its relationship with human identity resonates with H. Porter Abbot's claim, informed by the ground-breaking work of Paul Ricoeur, that ‘narrative is the principal way in which our species organizes its understanding of time’.

Keywords: Coupland's fiction; commercial stories; storytelling act; time representation; human identity

Chapter.  13825 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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