The Unexpected: Narrative Temporality and the Philosophy of Surprise by Mark CurrieThe Unexpected: Narrative Temporality and the Philosophy of Surprise by Mark Currie

The Unexpected: Narrative Temporality and the Philosophy of Surprise

byMark Currie

Paperback | May 15, 2015

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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 a recapitulation of past events, the book argues that the unexpected and the future anterior, afuture 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's Fingersmith, Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go and JulianBarnes's The Sense of an Ending.
Mark Currie is Professor of Contemporary Literature at Queen Mary, University of London. His previous publications include Difference (Routledge, 2004), Postmodern Narrative Theory (Palgrave, 2nd edition, 2011) and Metafiction (Longman 1995).
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Title:The Unexpected: Narrative Temporality and the Philosophy of SurpriseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:May 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1474402356

ISBN - 13:9781474402354

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