Telling the Time: Modernism and Time Symposium

MSI is pleased to announce Telling the Time, a virtual symposium on modernist understandings of time. The event will be held virtually via Zoom at NUI Galway on Wednesday June 9th, 2021.

As the closing item in the programme, we are delighted to include WJT Mitchell’s talk, “Present Tense 2020: On the Iconology of Time,” presented by NUI Galway’s Moore Institute.

Access is free and no registration is required (except for WJT Mitchell’s lecture – the link to register for this is in the programme).


The full symposium programme is below (or download a PDF version here):

Telling the Time: Modernism and Time Symposium

Wednesday 9 June 2021 

NUI Galway (via zoom)

10-11  Poetry and Temporality                                                          (All times IST = UTC+1)

Jade French (Queen Mary’s, London), ‘The Prevaricating Productivity of Djuna Barnes’s Late Poetry’ 

Zizi Temple (University College Dublin), ‘MacNeice’s Manipulation of Temporality’

Alexander Jones (Trinity College Dublin), ‘“The years that did not count”: Haunted modernism and temporality in the post-war poetry of Louis MacNeice’

11.15-12.15  Narratological Time

Edward Kearns (NUI Galway) ‘Measuring moments: annotating and quantifying narrative time disruptions in modernist and hypertext fiction’

Adrian Howlett (Trinity College Dublin) ‘“Single lives in momentary touch”: Killing Time with Don DeLillo and Virginia Woolf’’

Isabelle Brasme (Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier 3 – Université de Nîmes), ‘Remembering the Past: Narration and the Refiguration of Time in Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier

12.30-1.30 Time in Finnegans Wake

James Green (University of Manchester), ‘“Between Two Ages”: Medievalism and Finnegans Wake

Stephen Valeri (Dartmouth College), ‘Interlingual Morphology and Wakean Topology’

Adrian Paterson (NUI Galway), ‘“The big kuss of Trustan with Usolde”: More/Moore Time’


2.30-3.45 What is past, or passing, or to come

Elizabeth Barry (Warwick University), ‘The Moment of Truth: Proust, Barthes and the Temporality of Old Age’

Julian Hanna (Tilburg University, The Netherlands), ‘“Time and Space died yesterday”: On Manifesto Time’

Vincent Sherry (Washington University, St Louis), ‘About Time: Taking Modernism at its Word’

4-5.30  NUI Galway Italian & Moore Institute presents: W.J.T. Mitchell in Galway

W.J.T. Mitchell (University of Chicago), ‘Present Tense 2020: On the Iconology of Time’

Respondents: Jeannine Kraft (Columbus College of Art and Design, Ohio), Nessa Cronin (NUI Galway)            

W.J.T. Mitchell lecture: Register for lecture here