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Andrew Tate

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719074882

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719074882.001.0001

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‘Denarration’ or getting a life: Coupland and narrative

‘Denarration’ or getting a life: Coupland and narrative

(p.38) 2 ‘Denarration’ or getting a life: Coupland and narrative
Douglas Coupland

Andrew Tate

Manchester University Press

This chapter addresses Coupland's formal and thematic approach to narrative: it traces the relationship between what de Certeau names the ‘interminable recitations’ of those now prevalent commercial stories and the necessity, in Coupland's fiction, of the storytelling act. A crucial concern is the novelist's ongoing interest in the representation of time. Coupland's persistent literary exploration of temporality and its relationship with human identity resonates with H. Porter Abbot's claim, informed by the ground-breaking work of Paul Ricoeur, that ‘narrative is the principal way in which our species organizes its understanding of time’.

Keywords:   Coupland's fiction, commercial stories, storytelling act, time representation, human identity

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