Time in fiction / Craig Bourne and Emily Caddick Bourne.
- Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016.
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1 online resource (280 p.)
- Time in literature.
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- What can we learn about the world from engaging with fictional time-series-stories involving time travellers, recurring and rewinding time, and foreknowledge of the future? Craig Bourne and Emily Caddick Bourne show how we can use the complexities of fictional time to get to the core of the relation between truth in fiction and possibility.
- Cover ; Time in Fiction; Copyright; Dedication; Preface; Contents; Detailed Contents; Introduction; Chapter 1: Theories of Fiction; 1.1 Realism vs Antirealism; 1.2 A Possible-Worlds Theory of Fiction; 1.2.1 Analysing fiction operators; 1.2.2 Reports of what happens in fictions; 1.2.3 Negative existentials; 1.3 Two Neighbouring Theories; 1.3.1 Lewis's account of truth in fiction; 1.3.2 Priest's account of non-existent objects; PART I: Tense in Fiction; Chapter 2: Theories of Time and Tense; 2.1 Time's Flow; 2.2 B-Theories of Time; 2.3 A-Theories of Time; 2.4 Two Uses of 'Present'
Chapter 3: Fictional Time-A-Series or B-Series?3.1 McTaggart: Fictional Events in the A-Series?; 3.2 Tense in Films and Plays: The Claim of Presentness; 3.3 The Claim of Presentness: Take 2; 3.4 Tense Without Location; 3.5 Non-Standard Presentation: Anachrony and Disunity; 3.6 Aesthetic Support for the B-Series?; Chapter 4: The Fictional Future; 4.1 The Plot of Macbeth; 4.2 Three Types of Tensed Truthbearers for Fiction; 4.3 Prophescenes; 4.4 Future-Tensed Beliefs of Fictional Narrators?; 4.5 Future-Tensed Beliefs of Actual Audience Members?; 4.6 Macbeth as an Agent
4.7 Communicative Standards and the Sisters' Utterances4.8 Fate, Foreknowledge, and the Quasi-Miraculous; 4.9 The Relevance of Actuality and the Underdetermination of A/B-Theory by Data; PART II: Temporal Structures and the Structures of Representations; Chapter 5: Branching Fictional Time?; 5.1 Fictional Branches; 5.2 Branching Representations of Time; 5.3 Ersatz Worlds; 5.4 Disunified Times, Unified Stories; 5.5 Branching Time, Causality, and Branching Representation; Case 1; Case 2; 5.6 The Double Take; 5.7 Thematic Evidence for Branching Time?
5.8 A Preference for Branching Representations?5.8.1 A problem concerning fictional narrators; 5.8.2 Agnosticism?; Chapter 6: Pausing and Rewinding Fictional Time?; 6.1 Pausing; 6.2 Funny Games with Fictional Time; 6.3 Understanding Funny Games; 6.4 A Puzzle about Causation; 6.5 A Change of Scene or the Scene of a Change?; 6.6 Anachrony Revisited; 6.7 The Signs of Ageing; Chapter 7: Recurring Fictional Time?; 7.1 Groundhog Day; 7.2 Understanding Groundhog Day: First Attempts; 7.3 A Puzzle about Belief; 7.4 A Case of Mistaken Identity
7.5 Do Our Analyses Conflict with Interpretative Guidelines?7.6 On Resisting Analyses and Missing the Point; 7.7 The Ethics of Recycling; 7.8 Other-Worldly Hypotheses, Supporting Evidence, and Quantum Suicide; Chapter 8: Time Travel; 8.1 What is Time Travel?; 8.2 The Physical Possibility of Time Travel; 8.2.1 Time travel to the future; 8.2.2 Time travel to the past (and its relevance to fictional truth); 8.3 Paradox; 8.4 Presentism Revisited and Back to the (Fixed Fictional) Future; 8.5 An Unfixed Future without Backwards Causation; 8.6 Impossibility in Time-Travel Stories
Chapter 9: Fictional Duration and Motion: Discrete or Continuous?
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- Bourne, Emily Caddick, author.
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