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A Comparative Study of the Concept of Time: Status and Age in the Stories of Katherine Mansfield
International Journal of Philosophy
Volume 6, Issue 1, March 2018, Pages: 8-18
Received: Feb. 11, 2018; Accepted: Mar. 27, 2018; Published: May 8, 2018
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Maryam Jafari, Department of English Literature, Science and Research Branch University, Tehran, Iran
Fatemeh Sadat Basirizadeh, Young Researchers and Elite Club, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran
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Modernism brought with itself a great change to the philosophical and scientific ideas. Philosophies about time were not free from this change and the French philosopher Henri Bergson reinterpreted time. He divided time into specialized (linear time) and duration. The artist and the writers of the modern era were much influenced by these ideas and Katherine Mansfield was among this group. She made use of new techniques and methods in order to write her short stories. One of the important characteristic of her stories is the shift in time that she uses, and plunging into the consciousness of her characters in order to show their inner time and world. Her characters are either rooted in their past and totally forget about linear time, or they are slaves of the linear time allowing it to influence their life. Her stories show that some people fit very well with the clock and some do not. Her characters perceive time differently according to the age and social conditions that they are living in. The aim of this study is to explore how Mansfield deals with time in her stories and what methods she uses to demonstrate time in them from Bergson’s point of view. It will also investigate the significance of time for her characters and will show whether they can fit with the clock or not. Finally, it will analyze how being in a certain age and class will affect the way people perceive time.
Bergson, Short Story, Modernism, Time, Linear Time, Duration
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Maryam Jafari, Fatemeh Sadat Basirizadeh, A Comparative Study of the Concept of Time: Status and Age in the Stories of Katherine Mansfield, International Journal of Philosophy. Vol. 6, No. 1, 2018, pp. 8-18. doi: 10.11648/j.ijp.20180601.12
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