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Armen Avanessian

The Present Tense Novel and (Its) History
14:00University of Michigan, 3308 MLBDepartment of Germanic Languages and Literatures48706 Michigan
The invention of the present-tense novel is a literary event whose importance is on par with the discovery of perspective in painting. From the first present-tense novels shaped by interior monologues and avant-garde factography, to the nouveau roman and to historical novels from Thomas Pynchon, Claude Simon, and Marcel Beyer, the history of present-tense narration has changed the conditions of fictional narration over the course of its century-long development, along with our conceptions of time in a philosophical and linguistic framework.