A summary is given of the topics of the book, which fall under four main themes: (1) tense in fiction, (2) temporal structures and the structures of representations, (3) identity and persistence, and (4) the nature of worlds and their representation. Some of the important features of the book’s account are introduced, such as the possible-worlds framework it employs for understanding the representation of time in fiction and the nature of fictional time series, and the argument that this framework can account for ‘impossible’ fictions whilst denying that fictions genuinely represent impossibilities. Some of the central features of the methodology employed in the book are also introduced, including distinguishing carefully between features of a representation and features of what is represented, and giving detailed analyses of particular worked examples.
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