Time-Space and Story Curves

Paul Ricoeur Temps et récit I

Ce qui fait énigme, c’est la structure même d’une image qui vaut tantôt comme empreinte du passé, tantôt comme signe du future

Trace and sign take on some ample wings in the context of verbal constructions.

See Shlomith Rimmon-Kenan Narrative Fiction: Contemporary Poetics

Text-time is thus inescapably linear, and therefore cannot correspond to the multilinearity of ‘real’ story-time.(2)

(2) One should note, however, two factors which tone down the irreversibility of text-time: (a) the fact of writing and hence the possibility of re-reading; (b) the existence of quasi-spatial patterns which establish supra-linear links, e.g. analogy.

And so for day 1840

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