113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Creative Writing: The Problem of Time in Contemporary Fiction

Session Chair: 
Sean Bernard, University of La Verne
Session 9: Saturday 3:35-5:05pm
Executive Suite (PH-ET)


  1. Reine Bouton, Southeastern Louisiana University
    Using examples from Joan Silber’s book, The Art of Time in Fiction, along with the texts of writers like Raymond Carver, Alice Munro, and Arundhati Roy, I will explore how established writers use time to shape their narratives and discuss how new writers can re-imagine time in their own writing.  
  2. Joshua Bernstein, University of Minnesota, Duluth
    Comparing two war novels, one from James Jones in 1962, the other from Michael Pitre in 2015, allows us to ask how the contemporary war novel has changed in its depiction of battlefield trauma, particularly through the characteristically postmodern trait of nonlinear storytelling.
  3. Rebecca Beardsall, Western Washington University
    This paper examines the way in which the discussion of time within Oceanic traditions shapes and alters the reading of A Tale for the Time Being. It is not about suspending belief so much as it is about seeing time differently as the story appears and disappears throughout the novel.
  4. Bryan Hurt, St. Lawrence University
    I will read my short story “Honeymoon,” which is included in my collection, Everyone Wants to Be Ambassador to France. The story experiments with the progression of time in fiction, first moving forward chronologically and then reversing course and moving back to the story’s starting point. 
Session Cancelled: