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date: 28 January 2020

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Despite the centrality of sequence, we also read and enjoy narratives for the pleasures of favorite passages. Using the unlikely combination of Chandler’s Long Goodbye and Proust’s Recherche as primary examples, this chapter develops the notion of “narratology of the moment” by exploring one type of momentary pleasure, “cognitive flavor,” which comes from the ways a text plays with cognitive capacities. The chapter goes on to suggest that, to the extent that we do read for sequence, there may be types of sequence, tied to the varying flavors of those favorite spots, that are not widely recognized. Attention to such alternate sequences, which are often in contestatory counterpoint to the structures we usually see, may well unsettle traditional interpretations.

Keywords: narratology of the moment, cognitive flavor, sequence, Chandler, Proust

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