W ramach cyklu Wykłady mistrzowskie
w środę 21.04.2021 o godz. 13.15
odbędzie się wykład online
prof. Daniela Pratt'a z McGill University Kanada
Against Narrative: Constructing Temporalities in Central Europe.
In this talk, Dr. Daniel W. Pratt will outline his current book project on non-narrative constructions of temporality in Central Europe. Beginning from Karel Čapek’s novella Obyčejný život (An Ordinary Life, 1934), in which the narrator unsuccessfully tries to narrativize his life, Dr. Pratt will show how Central European novelists leveled a challenge to the narrative construction of temporality that anticipates Galen Strawson’s controversial article. Beyond Čapek’s doubts about the validity of the narrativist position, a series of Central European authors, from Rainer Maria Rilke to Olga Tokarczuk, have created alternative constructions of temporality, relying on forms such as the chronicle, collage, and spectral traces.
Daniel W. Pratt is an Assistant Professor at McGill University, where he teaches in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. He is interested in the intersections of philosophy and literature, history and narrative, aesthetics and ethics, world literature and the socialist world, and underground and dissident culture in Central Europe. He has written on Witold Gombrowicz, World Literature, Bohumil Hrabal, Venedikt Erofeev, and the meaning of history in Central Europe. He is currently working on 2 book projects, the first is on non-narrative constructions of temporality in Central Europe, and the other book project is on the second generation of underground culture.