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Narrative Imagination and Everyday Life$
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Molly Andrews

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199812394

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812394.001.0001

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(p.108) Conclusion
Narrative Imagination and Everyday Life

Molly Andrews

Oxford University Press

The concluding chapter argues that the consideration of the role of imagination in everyday life is intricately bound to questions of our relationship to the world, to history, and to our ability to reflect on our lives and to choose our actions. The narrative imagination is an integral part of human agency, as with it rests our ability to locate a role for ourselves in the task of creating new realities. The themes of temporality, the construction of ‘the other’, and the seeing of new possibilities are discussed as they relate to the preceding chapters. The ability to imagine, which is a key force behind our ability to create meaning and multiple meanings, is integrally bound to how we live our lives and our ability to discern other possible ways of being.

Keywords:   imagination and human agency, temporal fluidity, cycle of knowledge, capacity to imagine difference, imaginative understanding

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