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Time Travel: The Popular Philosophy of Narrative

David Wittenberg


This book argues that time travel fiction is a narrative “laboratory,” a setting for thought experiments in which essential theoretical questions about storytelling—and, by extension, about the philosophy of temporality, history, and subjectivity—are represented in the form of literal devices and plots. Drawing on physics, philosophy, narrative theory, psychoanalysis, and film theory, the book links innovations in time travel fiction to specific shifts in the popularization of science, from evolutionary biology in the late 1800s, through relativity and quantum physics in the mid–20th century, ... More

Keywords: time travel, narrative theory, narratology, literary theory, philosophy of time, philosophy of physics, popular culture, film, television, science fiction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780823249961
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823249961.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Wittenberg, author
University of Iowa