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

Narrative and Time II: Non-linear Novels and Specific Time Culture

Session Chair: 
Pauline Beard, Pacific University
Session 2: Friday 10:40am-12:10pm
Rogue (PMCC)


  1. Samantha Solomon, Washington State University
    This paper argues that David Jones’ In Parenthesis uses the double temporality of myth and reality in order to represent what it was like for First World War soldiers to renegotiate their expectations of war as glorious with its realities. Through his use of fragmented non-linear time in which myth is layered over the violence and chaos of trench life, Jones creates a narrative that seeks to represent a meaningful layer of soldier experience beyond the literal. 
  2. AJ Burgin, University of Washington, Seattle
    This paper positions Martin Amis' Time's Arrow within ongoing literary negotiations with linear time. The novel’s temporal reversal serves as a critique of the underlying logics that made violence and oppression possible in 1990s England.
  3. Lorely French, Pacific University
    Stereotypes of Roma often romanticize their "timeless" and "placeless" culture and history. Many European Romani writers use non-linear narrative structures strategically in order to develop alternative ways to express their relation to time and place and to confront stereotypes. They thereby keep vital connections between past, present, and future alive.
Session Cancelled: