Narrative Thickness

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Title:Narrative Thickness
Creators:
McGregor, Rafe; rafemc at gmail dot com; University of York, York, United Kingdom
Journal or Publication Title:
Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics, 52, 1, pp. 3-23
Uncontrolled Keywords:narrative, literature, Lamarque P., Coetzee J. M.

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to demonstrate that the experience of a literary narrative qua literary narrative is an experience of narrative thickness, that is, an experience in which narrative form and narrative content are inseparable. I explain my thesis of poetic thickness in § 1, showing why it does not admit of extension from poetry to literary narratives. §§ 2–3 synthesize the work of Derek Attridge and Peter Lamarque, advancing narrative thickness as a necessary condition of literary narratives. I propose a work of didactic literature – J. M. Coetzee’s ‘The Lives of Animals’ – as a paradigmatic counterexample to narrative thickness in § 4. I show, in § 5, that narrative thickness holds for this work in particular and didactic works which are literary in general, concluding that narrative thickness is indeed a necessary condition of literary narratives.

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Title:Narrative Thickness
Creators:
McGregor, Rafe; rafemc at gmail dot com; University of York, York, United Kingdom
Uncontrolled Keywords:narrative, literature, Lamarque P., Coetzee J. M.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
Divisions:Humanities and Social Sciences > 8. Section of Historical Sciences > Institute of Art History > Estetika (Aesthetics)
Journal or Publication Title:Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics
Volume:52
Number:1
Page Range:pp. 3-23
ISSN:0014-1291
Publisher:Institute of Art History Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
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ID Code:8416
Item Type:Article
Deposited On:21 May 2015 13:24
Last Modified:21 May 2015 11:24

Citation

McGregor, Rafe (2015) Narrative Thickness. Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics, 52 (1). pp. 3-23. ISSN 0014-1291

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