Augustinian narrative is a form of previously open-ended recursiveness suddenly bounded and resolved. It moves from repetition into linear narrative by means of a revelation that fulfills recycled events or characters by repeating them with a climactic difference. Then it returns to repetition—this time to a repetition of the revelation itself, not what came before. This abstract scheme is equivalent to, and descends directly from, Christian theological descriptors: type foreshadowing antitype, or figures foreshadowing Christ-as-Figure. But the Christian theological lexicon lacks and has always lacked precise vocabulary for retrospective figuration; what happens after Christ is as nameless as it is formless.1
KeywordsNarrative Form Abstract Scheme Recycle Event Retrospective Figuration Political Narrative
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- 2.Frank Kermode, The Sense of an Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000), pp. 6–14, 67–74, provides an authoritative statement on how apocalyptic ending is endemic to Christian fiction.Google Scholar