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By Kate Haffey

"Eddies in Time" argues that queer theory's contemporary paintings on time owes a debt to modernist literary experimentations. As an rising discourse, queer temporality seeks to query, and maybe even dismantle, a number of normative temporalities. In queer temporality's critique of linear time, there's a amazing resemblance to modernism's critique of linear narrative, which are visible in authors like Woolf, Faulkner, and Stein. This undertaking methods those matters through getting to the intricacies of yes moments that appear to jam the mechanisms of linear time. throughout this dissertation, those moments are analyzed as "queer moments" of the kind that Eve Sedgwick in particular theorizes.

The 4 chapters all have an identical constitution: each one considers a couple of texts, one modernist and one modern. In pairing texts during this method, each one bankruptcy is ready to spotlight the continuities among the modernist aesthetic experiments happening past within the century and the reemergence of those issues (in either literature and thought) because the 20th century was once coming to a detailed. this article argues that during order to appreciate what's at stake within the fresh paintings on queer temporality, we needs to go back to those modernist experiments and browse them with a special set of questions, questions made attainable only in the near past.

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