Writing (about) Time: Thoughts Concerning Temporal Play in Contemporary Narratives

I am currently participating in a graduate course ENG5010 Contemporary American Literature at Eastern Illinois University. I earned my MA in English in 2001, but living in a university town has allowed me to make numerous connections, especially within the English education department. I have earned enough credits over the past years to top out on the school district pay scale. I now take courses of personal interest, such as last semester’s book review course, or courses that will benefit my teaching. This current class meets both criteria. I love multiple point of view and/or multiple timeline narratives and some of the novels would be wonderful additions to the curriculum.

Part of classroom participation is to write academic posts to share through our class Blogger site. I have included links to both the homepage and to my post for the week. This week’s novel was How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents. As I noted in my introduction, I had read the novel years ago, but I did not remember that it was told in a reverse chronological order with flashbacks sprinkled throughout.

My contention is that readers will miss the important clues about the girls language and identity if the novel is read quickly without attention to detail or if it is simply read once. To understand why and how the girls are the women that they are in 1989, the reader needs to reflect by reordering the chronology.

Please feel free to link to our ENG5010 blog to read my post or any of my classmates’ and feel free to share your thoughts. (Just an FYI, as academic posts, these are longer than many typical informal blog posts.)

Home page: http://temporalplay.blogspot.com/2016/01/exploring-narrative-time-collection-of.html

My post: http://temporalplay.blogspot.com/2016/01/how-garcia-girls-lost-their-accents-and.html


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