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Thinking on Different Levels of Narrative Time: J.T. Fraser’s Eotemporal Hierarchical Theory and Samuel Beckett’s Prototemporal Cosmos

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Abstract This essay examines different modes of organizing narrative time and the thinking about time that narrative temporalities make possible. J.T. Fraser’s hierarchical theory of time is framed as a narrative which displays a conflict between subsuming time into form and depicting a natural history of time. Fraser’s work is characterized by an eotemporal narrative time that is able to range freely across a continuous, reversible temporal world. Fraser’s assessment of Samuel Beckett’s plays as depicting a prototemporal cosmos is summarized and then supplemented with reflections on how the prototemporal narrative time of Waiting for Godot enables thought to confront time, death and life in stark clarity.

Affiliations: 1: Department of English Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA 90045


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