Friday, March 3, 2006 at 7:30 p.m.
New Experiments: Mary Burger on Telling Time
Burger writes: “Narrative exists in the tension between disbelief and its suspension. The seduction of narrative is that it creates an experience of events in time, but that we are aware, in the midst of this experience, that what we are experiencing is a representation. Narrative is not a window onto the world, a transcription of an interior monologue, or a faithful account of things as they happened, though it may assume any of these guises or others. As participants in narrative, we have the power and the pleasure of being in more than one place at one time—or, of being at more than one time in one place…. Is narrative an engagement with events, or an enactment of events? Is our understanding of time, of events taking place in time, separable from our use of narrative to represent events in time? Or, are all of our understandings of time ultimately instances of narrative?”
Mary Burger is the author of Sonny (Leon Works) and a co-editor of Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative (Coach House Books). She edits Second Story Books, featuring works of experimental narrative. An Apparent Event, an anthology of Second Story chapbooks, will be published in 2006.
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