Time holds an enduring fascination for humans.
Time and Trace investigates the human experience and awareness of time and time’s impact on a wide range of cultural, psychological, and artistic phenomena, from reproductive politics and temporal logic to music and theater, from law to sustainability, from memory to the Vikings. The volume presents selected essays from the 15th triennial conference of the International Society for the Study of Time from the arts (literature, music, theater), history, law, philosophy, science (psychology, biology), and mathematics. Taken together, they pursue the trace of time into the past and future, tracing temporal processes and exploring the traces left by time in individual experience as well as culture and society.
Contributors are: Michael Crawford, Orit Hilewicz, Rosemary Huisman, John S. Kafka, Erica W. Magnus, Arkadiusz Misztal, Carlos Montemayor, Stephanie Nelson, Peter Øhrstrøm, Jo Alyson Parker, Thomas Ploug, Helen Sills, Lasse C. A. Sonne, Raji C. Steineck, and Frederick Turner.
Sabine Gross is Professor of German at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has published widely on aesthetics, narratology, literature (18th century through contemporary), the reading process, image-text relations, theatre, time, and perception.
Steve Ostovich, Ph.D. (1986), Marquette University, is Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota, USA. He publishes in the areas of political theology, German studies, critical theory, and educational reform.
Table of contents
Time and Traction: Blazing the Trail, Frederick Turner
I. NARRATIVE TRACING: THE WORK OF CRITICISM
The Chaotic Trace: Stoppard’s Arcadia and the Emplotment of the Past, Jo Alyson Parker
Beyond the Forensic Imagination: Time and Trace in Thomas Pynchon’s Novels, Arkadiusz Misztal
Time, Trace, and Movement in Stravinsky’s Three Japanese Lyrics, Helen Sills
Tracing Space in Time: Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel, Orit Hilewicz
II. LOOKING BACK: TRACING HISTORY
Traces of Viking-Age Temporal Organization, Lasse C. A. Sonne
Time and Memory in the Odyssey and Ulysses, Stephanie Nelson
Time, Cognition, and Attic Performance: Tracing a New Approach to Theatre History’s “Vexing Question”, Erica W. Magnus
III. THOUGHT TRACES: PHILOSOPHY, MEMORY, AND THE HUMAN MIND
A. N. Prior’s Ideas on Keeping Track of Branching Time, Peter Øhrstrøm and Thomas Ploug
Psychoanalysis and the Temporal Trace, John S. Kafka
Memory: Epistemic and Phenomenal Traces, Carlos Montemayor
IV. LEAVING TRACES: SOCIETY AND ETHICS
Heredity in the Epigenetic Era: Are we Facing a Politics of Reproductive Obligations?, Michael Crawford
The Trace of Time in Judicial Reasoning: A Case of Conflicting Argument in the High Court of Australia (Al-Kateb v. Godwin, 2004), Rosemary Huisman
Time, Waste, and Enlightenment, or: On Leaving no Trace, Raji C. Steineck
Academic and lay readers interested in the human experience and the interdisciplinary study of time, including literary theorists, musicologists, philosophers, biologists, psychologists, sociologists, environmentalists, historians, and legal scholars.