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

Narrative and Time IV: Suspension and Time Disruption

Session Chair: 
Bud Morris, California State University San Marcos
Session 6: Saturday 8:30-10:00am
Cabinet Suite (PH-ET)


  1. Rebecca Chenoweth, University of California Santa Barbara
    Ishiguoro’s WWII novels feature protagonists on the periphery of war, deeply affected by an event they did not quite witness.  Although organized as journals, they feature temporal irregularities common to traumatized narratives—a label that these protagonists and their acquaintances would refuse.  This project considers theories of memory and temporal perception in psychoanalysis and neuroscience, finding that narrative dissonance not only illustrates trauma’s reach across space, but also might link disparate groups after war.
  2. Marion Geiger, California State University, San Marcos
    This paper analyzes how different concepts of time are played out in Thomas Mann’s late texts in order to suspend narrative closure. 
  3. Janina Levin, University of the Sciences
    Heroes traditionally reflect an “order of doing,” represented by kairos or seizing opportunities at the right time. Modernists favored slow, retrospective experiences and thus broke with kairos. I use Henry’s James’s The Golden Bowl to demonstrate this break—a story in which a kairotic heroine loses to one out of step with time.
  4. Luc Monnin, Reed College
    Starting with a reflection on Diderot’s “poetics of ruins,” this paper will examine how a number of literary 19th-century texts try to convey to their readers the feeling of a disproportion between two different experiences of time to create a poetics of the sublime.
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