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The Images of TimeAn Essay on Temporal Representation$
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Robin Le Poidevin

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199265893

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199265893.001.0001

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The Fictional Future

The Fictional Future

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(p.141) 8 The Fictional Future
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The Images of Time
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Robin Le Poidevin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199265893.003.0008

Some fictions, such as H. G. Wells's The Time Machine and J. B. Priestley's Time and the Conways, represent the future as fixed, i.e., as completely determinate. Yet standard accounts of truth in fiction (in terms of possible worlds, or fictional narrators) have difficulty in accommodating this phenomenon. The problem arises in part from the difficulty of making sense of an event's being fictionally past, present or future. This chapter calls upon the resources of the B-theory of time to provide an understanding of the fictional representation of time.

Keywords:   H. G. Wells, J. B. Priestley, fiction, future, fixity, fictional truth, fictional time, fictional narrator, B-theory

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