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The Architecture of Narrative TimeThomas Mann and the Problems of Modern Narrative$
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Erica Wickerson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198793274

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198793274.001.0001

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(p.195) Conclusion
The Architecture of Narrative Time

Erica Wickerson

Oxford University Press

The Conclusion summarizes the main tenets of the book, which, first, aims to propose a new comprehensive approach to the analysis of time in narrative that takes account both of the linguistic minutiae of a text and its overall plot structure, and that may be applied to any literary work rather than purely to those that problematize the narration of time; and second, to offer new interpretations of several of Mann’s works both in the light of temporal analysis and in terms of his engagement with literature, myth, and history. The Conclusion argues that temporal analysis opens up an empathetic sphere that offers insights into the subjective experience of others more generally. In a world where constant public presence and worldwide accessibility has become the norm, the analysis of time and literature has become ever more critical.

Keywords:   empathetic experience of time, human subjectivity, aims and conclusions, reading Mann, literary and temporal analysis

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