Guest Lecture - "The Present Tense Novel and (Its) History"


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  • Speaker: Armen Avanessian
  • Host Department: Germanic Languages and Literatures
  • Date: 10/19/2012
  • Time: 02:00PM

  • Location: 3308 MLB

  • Description:

    The invention of the present-tense novel is a literary event whose importance is on par with the discovery of perspective in painting. From the first present-tense novels shaped by interior monologues and avant-garde factography, to the nouveau roman and to historical novels from Thomas Pynchon, Claude Simon, and Marcel Beyer, the history of present-tense narration has changed the conditions of fictional narration over the course of its century-long development, along with our conceptions of time in a philosophical and linguistic framework.

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