Edited by Christopher B. Barnett and Clark J. Elliston
Handeling in Art and Theory of the late Rembrandtists
Edited by Jinah Kim and Todd Lewis
Edited by Carlos Montemayor and Robert Daniel
This book offers a unique perspective on the contemporary status of the interdisciplinary study of time. It will open new paths of inquiry for different approaches to the important issues of narrative structure and urgency. These are themes that are becoming increasingly relevant during our times.
Contributors are Julian Barbour, Dennis Costa, Kerstin Cuhls, Ileana da Silva, Margaret K. Devinney, Sonia Front, Peter A. Hancock, Paul Harris, Rose Harris-Birtill, David Mitchell, Carlos Montemayor, Jo Alyson Parker, Katie Paterson, Walter Schweidler, Raji C. Steineck, Daniela Tan, Frederick Turner, Thomas P. Weissert, Marc Wolterbeek, and Barry Wood.
Jo Alyson Parker and Thomas Weissert
In the following paper, we discuss a sub-genre of fiction that we call time-loop fiction, texts that are predicated upon a situation of seemingly eternal recursion. Drawing upon examples taken from literature (Kate Atkinson’s Life after Life, Ken Grimwood’s Replay, Richard Lupoff’s “12:01,” and Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s All You Need is Kill) and from film/telefilm (Edge of Tomorrow, Groundhog Day, Source Code, 12:01 PM, and “Cause and Effect”), we explore the “time as conflict” between endless looping and narrative closure for both the protagonists and the readers/viewers who follow their plights. After describing the forking-paths structure of time-loop narratives, we examine a key feature of them – the emerging metaconsciousness, a character’s ability to transcend the loop in which they currently exists and to recall past loops in order to bring about a better outcome with each passage through the loop. We conclude by discussing three different types of time-loop narratives and their implications for our understanding of time.