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Craig Bourne and Emily Caddick Bourne

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199675319

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199675319.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Time in Fiction
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Craig Bourne

Emily Caddick Bourne

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199675319.003.0001

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.

Keywords:   possible world, impossibility, fictional time series, representation, time, fiction

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