Friday, November 21, 2014

Time Out: Final paper

Final paper: Time Out

            The works we have looked at this semester all use the element of time in distinct, unusual ways. In such works, chronological sequences of events are often altered, time may be suspended, accelerated, even reversed. Such works employ flashbacks, flashforwards, overlapping sequences, memories, reversals, or other devices to alter the reader’s perception of time or establish relationships among events.

            Choose three works from this semester’s readings. For each, show how the author’s manipulation of time contributes to the effectiveness of the work as a whole. This “effectiveness” may in part be based on the facilitation of plot, but it should also involve consideration of the way in which altered chronology is related to larger issues in the work as a whole. Think, for example, about the extent to which altered chronology serves as a device to heighten our understanding of other central questions or whether time is itself a major theme in the work.

If you are able to go even further, you might attempt to make connections among the works you choose. Perhaps two authors distort time for similar purposes; perhaps your chosen works illustrate a distinct range of methods and purposes. Perhaps you will find some other pattern worthy of discussion.

Your paper should be approximately 6-8 pages in length; parenthetical citations should be used for textual support; any additional information, ideas, or language must, of course, be scrupulously cited.

See the assignment schedule on my blog for submission information, electronically on December 15, hard copy on 15th or 16th. Be sure to pay special attention to submission deadlines. On turnitin the assignment will be label “Final fall 2014.”