Narrative Temporality in Two Works Research Proposal by Nicky

Narrative Temporality in Two Works
A research proposal to explore the narrative temporality in Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea" and Solzhenitsyn's "A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich".
# 149399 | 1,157 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 13, 2011 in Literature (American) , Literature (Russian)

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The paper explores the current and ongoing scholarship surrounding Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea" and Solzhenitsyn's "A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" in order to identify the readings that could become a major component of research regarding narrative temporality in these works. The paper outlines the proposed study and notes that the term "temporality" will be used to discuss the prominence of time as a device in the novel, and the way it relates to, creates, and distorts the flow of the narrative. The paper only includes the literature review of this proposed study.

Literature Review
Thesis Prospectus

From the Paper:

"Very few critics have addressed temporality in these novels directly, however. The more prominent researchers dealing with narrative temporality are working in the anthropological field, and those dealing with the subject in literary works often do so from a very general perspective. Silvestra Mariniello examines temporality as a means of authorial intervention in the story; a way of making authorship a consciously present and (de)formative part of the story and text, suggesting that time is meaningless in a story if it exists only in the standard sequence of before, during, and after (Mariniello 114). Claus Uhlig looks at temporality in an even broader sense, asserting that all texts are concerned with temporality whether purposefully or not. He is especially interested in the presence of the past in all texts, noting that it appears both through direct reference "to provide the new text with a stratum of residual meaning," and also through latency, where the present becomes a suggested past of some future vision (Uhlig 289). Regardless of the exact presence of temporality, Uhlig sees it as an essential and inescapable aspect of every text, with immense consequences when consciously manipulated. At the same time, some of the more prominent voices in the field are calling for a reordering of priorities."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Clair, Erin. "Review: Modernity and Progrees: Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Orwell by Ronald Berman. The Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature, 60(1), pp. 137-9.
  • Dobson, Miriam. "Contesting the Paradigms of De-Stalinization: Readers' Responses to One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich." Slavic Review, 64(3), pp. 580-600.
  • Dupee, F.W. "Hemingway Revealed." The Kenyon Review, 15(1), pp. 150-5.
  • Jameson, Fredric. "The End of Temporality." Critical Inquiry, 29(4), pp. 695-718.
  • Magner, Thomas F. "Review: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich." The Slavic and East European Journal, 7(4), pp. 418-9.

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