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Time and Narrative, Volume 1 by Paul Ricœur
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The first chapter discusses the theory of time (distentio animi, or the threefold present: expectation, memory, attention) in Augustine's Confessions; the second, the theory of plot in Aristotle's Poetics. Not an easy read, especially the first chapter, which is centered on the question of what time is exactly and how we know it exists. The second chapter is somewhat less opaque. It focuses on emplotment (muthos) and mimetic activity (mimesis), which Ricoeur divides into three stages: mimesis1 (organization of events, or prefiguration), mimesis2 (mimesis of creation, or configuration of the events into a narrative), mimesis3 (interpretation, or refiguration by reader/spectator).
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March 31, 2011 – Shelved
April 3, 2011 – Started Reading
April 9, 2011 – Finished Reading

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