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Time Is Restrictive

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This chapter considers the restrictive nature of narrative temporality in the Fourth Gospel as well as one of the primary mechanics that overcomes these restrictions: the use of multiple possible worlds. Furthermore, it demonstrates that the Fourth Gospel possesses two primary temporal worlds that relate through metalepsis: the witness world and the epic world. In fact, the metaleptic conflation of these two Johannine worlds exists on the deepest levels of narrativity and cannot be disentangled by the modern reader. The chapter represents an original inquiry into the function of narrative restrictions in ancient, non-absolute narratives, and posits a unique solution to the problem of referentiality through multiple possible temporal worlds. One of the most deeply-rooted signs of metalepsis in a multi-world narrative is the unintentional use of a definite article of familiarity.

Keywords:Fourth Gospel; metalepsis; narrative restrictions; temporal worlds



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