Narrative and Freedom: The Shadows of Time

byGary Saul Morson

Paperback | September 10, 1996

Narrative and Freedom: The Shadows of Time by Gary Saul Morson
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Drawing on works by the Russian writers Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Chekhov, by other writers as diverse as Sophocles, Cervantes, and George Eliot, by thinkers as varied as William James, Mikhail Bakhtin, and Stephen Jay Gould, and from philosophy, the Bible, television, and much more, Gary Saul Morson examines the relation of time to narrative form and to an ethical dimension of the literary experience. Morson asserts that the way we think about the world and narrate events is often in contradiction to the truly eventful and open nature of daily life. Literature, history, and the sciences frequently present experience as if contingency, chance, and the possibility of diverse futures were all illusory. As a result, people draw conclusions or accept ideologies without sufficiently examining their consequences or alternatives. However, says Morson, there is another way to read and construct texts. He explains that most narratives are developed through foreshadowing and "backshadowing" (foreshadowing ascribed after the fact), which tend to reduce the multiplicity of pos
Title:Narrative and Freedom: The Shadows of TimeFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:348 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.68 inShipping dimensions:348 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.68 inPublished:September 10, 1996Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300068751

ISBN - 13:9780300068757

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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