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Apr 5

6 p.m. @ Edwards Recital Hall

Out of Context, In your Heart: Some Thoughts on Narratology of the Moment

Narrative theorist Peter Rabinowitz, professor of comparative literature at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., presents a lecture exploring “narrative flavor” – those favorite moments we all have in novels (and films and music) to which we return again and again. Traditional academic practice insists on the priority of the whole; a moment is considered to have value only in the context of a larger narrative structure. As a result, we tend to treat these favorite bits as guilty pleasures. However, Rabinowitz attempts to liberate some of those beloved passages in an attempt to understand why certain moments affect us the way they do. His emphasis is on a group of moments that provide a special kind of temporal vertigo, but his argument allows for analysis of other moments as well.

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