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Time in Fiction

Craig Bourne and Emily Caddick Bourne


The book develops an account of time’s representation in fiction. Chapter 1 presents the general framework: fictions represent (concrete) possible worlds. The account has four parts. Part I surveys some existing theories of time and tense (Chapter 2). It discusses whether fictional time series form A-series or B-series and considers the fictional present (Chapter 3), then the fictional future (Chapter 4). Part II considers apparent features of some fictional time series: branching (Chapter 5); pausing and rewinding (Chapter 6); recurrence (Chapter 7); and time travel (Chapter 8). It is argued ... More

Keywords: time, fiction, representation, possible world, incompleteness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199675319
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199675319.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Craig Bourne, author
University of Hertfordshire

Emily Caddick Bourne, author
University of Cambridge