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

Science and American Literature

Session Chair: 
April Anderson, Claremont Graduate University
Session 6: Saturday 8:30-10:00am
Skyline IV (PH-ET)


  1. Rachel Tie Morrison, Claremont Graduate University
    This paper discusses how Ozeki’s use of time and narrative structure promote a quantum cosmology. Examining the narratology of the novel and the spatio-temporal configuration of the text, I argue for what I call a "quantum chronotope." I then show that this chronotope allows for the existence of the quantum-mechanic theory of multiple worlds. Finally, I tie this into the role of text as such, and how it can function as both a vehicle for time-travel and a way to embody the theoretical—and perhaps fantastical—elements of quantum mechanics.
  2. Juan Manuel Mendoza, California State University at Los Angeles
    Taking into account the scientific and technological context, I argue that Tender is the Night, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” and “The Bridal Party,”—in matters of character point of view, character development, and narrative—may be more the result of Einstein’s physics than the literary styles and conventions of Fitzgerald’s time.
  3. Daniel Lanza Rivers, Claremont Graduate University
    “Loving Dryness” unpacks To a God Unknown's enduring relevance to discussions of drought, regional development, and of living relationally within an ecosystem.
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