Divya Dwivedi

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Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Hauz Khas,
New Delhi 110016

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I am a doctoral fellow of the Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. As a part of my research on the temporality of literature, I have been studying some of the levels at which temporal relations condition the language of different literary genres, particularly narrative fiction. The issue that especially interests me is shifters and tenses as temporal markers which define different diegetic modes, and further, shape different narratological theories in different ways. The relation of time and language is engaging in the case of shifters and tenses because both participate in deixis through which diverse narrative strategies and devices are constructed such that the ‘sjuzhet’ or narrative aspect is foregrounded as compared to the story; and yet, in one case it is pronouns and in the other temporal verb modifiers that provide resources. I have been trying to follow the questions of narrative typologies and the debates involving F. K. Stanzel, Dorrit Kohn, Fludernik, Mieke Bal, and other scholars. I would like to further comprehend the conceptual paradigms of ‘mimetic language games’, and the more recent cognitivist approaches in narratology. My reading of Blanchot’s discussions of narrative through the idea of ‘voice’ has also drawn me to the intense research on and recent debates about voice between Fludernik, Richard Aczel and others, which I would like to explore further.


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