The Unexpected: Narrative Temporality and the Philosophy of Surprise - The Frontiers of Theory (Paperback)Mark Currie (author)
Paperback 192 Pages / Published: 30/04/2015
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This book explores the relationship between unexpected events in narrative and life. Focusing on surprise, spontaneous eruption and the unforeseeable, The Unexpected argues that stories help us to reconcile what we expect with what we experience. Though narrative is often understood as a recapitulation of past events, the book argues that the unexpected and the future anterior, a future that is already complete, are guiding ideas for new understandings of the reading process. It also points beyond that to some of the key temporal concepts of our epoch, of unpredictability, the event, the untimely and the messianic. The Unexpected is an important intervention in narratology and a striking general argument about the cultural significance of surprise. The enquiry is developed by a range of new readings in philosophy and theory, as well as of Sarah Waters' Fingersmith, Kazuo Ishiguro' Never Let Me Go and Julian Barnes' The Sense of an Ending. It is an original discussion of the relation of time and narrative. It is an important intervention in narratology. It is a striking general argument about the workings of the mind. It also provides an overview of the question of surprise in philosophy and literature.
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 13 mm
Currie has written an insightful, informed, and in-depth work; his position is clear and innovative. The breadth of sources he uses is a clear testament to his ambition and the scope of the work. -- Vladimir Rizov, Philosophy in Review, Vol 36, No 1
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