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Time is a key aspect of narrative. It can advance a story, illuminate its role in our daily lives, and help us understand how events unfold. In this groundbreaking interdisciplinary work, Inderjeet Mani uses recent developments in linguistics and computer science to analyze the use of time in narrative form. The Imagined Moment outlines directions for an emerging discipline of “corpus narratology,” an approach involving the computer analysis and interpretation of multimillion-word collections of narrative text. This approach, Mani explains, could alter the very foundations of narrative theory. Accordingly, he develops a computer representation for timelines and applies it to a variety of literary works. Among these are such classics as One Hundred Years of Solitude, “A Hunger Artist,” Swann’s Way, Jealousy, Candide, and “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber.” Along the way, Mani considers stories embedded in temporal cycles; the cognitive processes involved in the construal of events in time; the modeling of narrative progression in terms of changes in readers’ evaluation of characters; the study of variations of tempo in fiction; and time in computer-mediated forms of storytelling.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. p. iv
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. List of Illustrations
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction
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  1. 1. Timelines
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  1. 2. Stories within Stories
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  1. 3. Computing Timelines
  2. pp. 56-77
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  1. 4. Calendar Times
  2. pp. 78-95
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  1. 5. Time in Mind
  2. pp. 96-110
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  1. 6. Characters in Time
  2. pp. 111-135
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  1. 7. Tracking Narrative Progression
  2. pp. 136-155
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  1. 8. Time Management
  2. pp. 156-175
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  1. 9. Digital Storytelling
  2. pp. 176-193
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  1. Conclusion
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  1. Notes
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  1. Glossary
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  1. Tool and Resource Links
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  1. References
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780803230422
Related ISBN(s)
9780803229778
MARC Record
OCLC
664682085
Pages
264
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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