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  Georgia State University  ScholarWorks @ Georgia State University  English DissertationsDepartment of English6-27-2008 e Power of Timelessness and the Contemporary Inuence of Modern ought Katie Reece Moss Follow this and additional works at:hp:// is Dissertation is brought to you for free and open access by the Department of English at ScholarWorks @ Georgia State University. It has beenaccepted for inclusion in English Dissertations by an authorized administrator of ScholarWorks @ Georgia State University. For more information,please Recommended Citation Moss, Katie Reece, e Power of Timelessness and the Contemporary Inuence of Modern ought (2008).  English Dissertations. Paper 32.   THE POWER OF TIMELESSNESS AND THE CONTEMPORARY INFLUENCE OF MODERN THOUGHT  by KATIE MOSS Under the Direction of Dr. Randy Malamud ABSTRACT In this dissertation I examine a variety of modern and postmodern texts by applying the theories of French philosopher Henri Bergson. Specifically, I apply Bergson’s theories of time, memory, and evolution to the texts in order to analyze the meaning of the poem and novels. I assert that all of the works disrupt conventional structure in order to question the linear nature of time. They do this because each must deal with the pressures of external chaos, and, as a result, they find timeless moments can create an internal resolution to the external chaos. I set out to create connections between British, Irish, and American literature, and I examine the influence each author has on others. The modern authors I examine include T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and William Faulkner. I then show the ways this application can elucidate the works of postmodern authors Toni Morrison and Michael Cunningham. INDEX WORDS: Time, Henri Bergson, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, William Faulkner, Toni Morrison, Michael Cunningham, Memory, Duration   THE POWER OF TIMELESSNESS AND THE CONTEMPORARY INFLUENCE OF MODERN THOUGHT  by KATIE MOSS A Dissertation Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences Georgia State University 2008   Copyright by Katie Reece Moss 2008
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