Narrative closure

Philosophical Studies 135 (1):1 - 15 (2007)

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Noel Carroll
CUNY Graduate Center
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In this article, “Narrative Closure,” a theory of the nature of narrative closure is developed. Narrative closure is identified as the phenomenological feeling of finality that is generated when all the questions saliently posed by the narrative are answered. The article also includes a discussion of the intelligibility of attributing questions to narratives as well as a discussion of the mechanisms that achieve this. The article concludes by addressing certain recent criticisms of the view of narrative expounded by this article.
Keywords Narrative closure  Erotetic narrative  Closure  Questions  Answers  Aristotle  Hume
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-007-9097-9
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