Narrative thickness

Rafe Mcgregor

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    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 r 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 r 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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3-22
    Number of pages20
    JournalEstetika: the Central European Journal of Aesthetics
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2015


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