Journal of Literary Semantics
An International Review
Founded by Eaton, Trevor
Ed. by Toolan, Michael
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Martin Amis's novel (or novella) Time's Arrow turns back the life history of an Auschwitz doctor by beginning with his death, portrayed as awakening, and ending at the moment when he enters his mother's womb. The reversal of time has different effects on the consciousness of the protagonist and that of the narrator, although the two share the same body. The ensuing splits and mergers of personality are interpreted here in terms of the reversals of the thermodynamic and psychological time's arrows (vide the book's title). An analysis of the world of the novel couched within the framework of cognitive grammar leads one to a recognition of two narrative personas, involved in multifarious relationships with the protagonist, memory, and the flow of conceived and processing time.
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